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Vol. 34-2011 


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Vol. 34-2011 

Louie J. Lombardi, Worshipful Master 

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Volume 34 - 2011 

R.W. Bro. Louie J. Lombardi, 

Wor. Master 2011 Message 3 

• January 29, 2011 Black Tie Banquet 5 

M.W. Bro. Ronald E. Groshaw, 

"25 th Anniversary of Black Creek Pioneer Village" 

• March 19, 2011 12 

Bro. Graeme Boyce, The Beaches Lodge No.473, Toronto 
"The Timely Evolution of the Craft" 

May 28, 2011 19 

R.W. Bro. Kenneth Campbell, \ 

Prince Edward Lodge No.18, Picton ] 

"200 years of Masonry in Picton" 

• September 21, 2011 33 

Bro. Joseph Curry Election Meeting, Cambridge 
"The Craft at Work in Kandahar" (Canada Lodge UD) 

• FirstCanadianMasonicLodgeinAfghanistan 59 

R.W. Bro. William J. Lewis 
Canada Lodge U.D. Afghanistan 

From the 2010 Proceedings: 

• June 26, 2010 64 

W. Bro. Ted Thomas, Maple Leaf Lodge No.119 
"150 years of Masonry in Bath". 

Officers and Committees 78 

Our Departed Brethren 83 


The contributors to these proceedings are alone responsible for the opinions expressed 
and also for the accuracy of the statements made therein, and do not necessarily reflect 
the opinions of THE HERITAGE LODGE A.F. & A.M. No. 730, G.R.C. 


Worshipful Master's 
2011 Message 

R.W. Bro Louie J. Lombardi 


It has been an honour and a 
privilege to have served as 
Worshipful Master of Heri- 
tage Lodge which is the Of- 
ficial Research Lodge of the 
Grand Lodge of Canada in 
the Province of Ontario. I 
wish to extend my sincere 
thanks to the officers of the 
Lodge for their dedication 
to the continuing contribu- 
tion to Masonic education 
throughout our jurisdic- 
tion and the preservation of 
valuable historic records in 
the manner intended by our 
founding Brethren. The changes that have taken place this 
merely an attempt to bring the Lodge back to those ideals. 

year are 

I would also like to thank the members of all the Lodges that spon- 
sored our meetings during the past year and all the speakers for 
their excellent presentations: 

• M.W. Bro. Ronald E. Groshaw, Black Tie Banquet January 
29, 2011 

"25th Anniversary of Black Creek Pioneer Village". 

• Bro. Graeme Boyce, The Beaches Lodge No.473 Toronto, 
March 19, 2011 "The Timely Evolution of the Craft" 


• R.W. Bro. Kenneth Campbell, Prince Edward Lodge No.18 
Picton, May 28, 2011 "200 years of Masonry in Picton". 

• Bro. Joseph Curry, Election meeting September 21, 2011 
Cambridge "The Craft at work in Kandahar" (Canada Lodge 

I must also recognize a presentation which unfortunately was left 
out of the 2010 Proceedings but will be added to 2011: 

• W. Bro. Ted Thomas, Maple Leaf Lodge No.119, June 26, 
2010 "150 years of Masonry in Bath". 

I am particularly gratified at the keen enthusiasm exhibited by se- 
nior present and past Grand Lodge Officers in accepting positions 
in high profile and crucial committees. 

Sincerely and Fraternally 
R.W. Bro. Louie J. Lombardi, 
Worshipful Master 


Black Creek 
Pioneer Village 

Annual Heritage Lodge Black Tie Dinner 2011 

By M.W.Bro. Ronald E. Groshaw 

Some of you may recall that when I was installed Worshipful Mas- 
ter of the Heritage Lodge No. 730 G.R.C., that I gave a long-winded 
explanation about an old building in Woodbridge which was about 
to be removed. It was, W. Bro. John Hesp, a Past Master of True Blue 
Lodge, who explained that his wife Marjorie worked at Black Creek 
Pioneer Village and it was desired to move and refurbish the build- 
ing to one of three sites in the village. That building originally ac- 
commodated at tinsmith shop at ground level and, above, the Lodge 
room, home to Blackwood Lodge, but that it was in need of much re- 
pair having served as a storage shed for several years. In my tenure 
as Worshipful Master, it may have appeared to several of you that I 
had faded away from the project after appropriate committees had 
been struck. 

I believe that the explanation for this was due a long time ago but 
I was a little reluctant to be forthright. I feel that this is the time to 
explain: During my time on the Board of General Purposes, I had 
many advisors — some were "naysayers" and pessimists or stum- 
bling blocks but the majority were real stepping stones and worthy 
advisors. I wish to first speak about three particular ones who, in 
my opinion, epitomize real pillars in our Masonic community. They 
were generous with constructive suggestions which I heeded and 
am continually grateful for their wise counsel. 

When I became Deputy Grand Master, thanks to the generosity of 
the voters a Grand Lodge, I was advised that my primary responsi- 


bility was to preside over the Board of General Purposes with ad- 
ditional tasks delegated by the Grand Master. Right now, I wish to 
single out three of the many role models I associated with over the 
past 80 years. I like to think that these three pillars in masonry are 
analogous to one referring to someone being a "A pillar in the com- 

For me, M.W. Bro. John A. Irvine epitomize the pillar of wisdom — 
his experience a brilliant businessman, then counsellor and later 
mayor of London, followed by membership in our federal parlia- 
ment still brings to my mind, the song of Johnny Mercer, "You got 
to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and don't mess 
with Mr. in-between." 

A pillar of strength was personified by M.W.Bro. Howard O. Polk, the 
Grand Master of that day, gave to me several " behind the scenes" 
jobs and helped me greatly in contacting other Grand Lodges in or- 
der to obtain and study the mentorship programs in existence in 
the other Grand Lodges in Canada as well as Maryland, California, 
Illinois, Indiana, the two Carolinas, Virginia, Massachusetts and 

A pillar of beauty of course was demonstrated by the administrative 
abilities of M.W. Bro. Robert E. Davies who is constantly chiseling 
away the rough areas in Masonic stewardship and other matters. 

Collectively, these three repeatedly reminded me that as Deputy 
Grand Master, I should be like Adoniram, that chief overseer at 
the building of King Solomon's Temple, apparently, he was out 
frequently seen "at a distance" and I should copy that same role 
regarding Black Creek. I protested their advice quoting second 
Chronicles chapter 10 verse 18 where it states some people "stone 
him to death". 

These three pillars kept telling me to allow the building project 
to be administered by V.W. Bro. Alan Hogg, a renowned architect, 


highly recommended by the Chairman of the Advisory Committee 
on Lodge Buildings-R.W. Bro. Eric Horwood - a past master in di- 

Similarly, the financial aspect of raising over the required $100,000 
to be in the capable stewardship of an insurance broker and bank 
inspector — all of whom worked diligently in many facets of Free- 

Of course, I speak about the then R.W. Bro. C. Edwin Drew and W. 
Bro. James Major. Most of you probably realize that offer for M.W. 
Bro. C. Edwin Drew was the DDGM out of Toronto three while I was 
Grand Senior Warden under the leadership of M.W. Bro. Eric W. 
Nancekeville. Mrs. Eleanor Drew and her husband Ed's spontane- 
ously and very effectively acted as an interpreters after the ribbon- 
cutting ceremony conducted by Pauline McGibbon, former Mayor 
of Black Creek Pioneer Village and former Lt. Governor of Ontario 
in addition to the former Province of Ontario Treasurer, M.W. Bro. 
James N. Allen. 

The 1979 W.M of Huron Bruce Lodge, F. James M. Major and I were 
received in the Holy Land Conclave on 16 April 1977 at 888 Yonge 
St. After supervising, integrating and coordinating the assigned 
volunteer interpreter program, he passed away in 1990. 

These gentlemen, in addition to their architectural and financial 
tasks, liaised with expertise with staff of Toronto and Region Con- 
servation Authority and W.Bro. Stephen Maizel, a principal in the 
company owning these premises, formerly owned by Bro. Grant 
Henderson, a pharmacist in Woodbridge. 

Meanwhile, my three pillars were constantly observing the project 
reporting only good news to me. 

Another, "at a distance" duty for me as a substitute Adoniram was 
the intricate dealings with the Authority and the attempt to take the 


pulse of various individuals involved in putting the puzzle together. 
— Warren Jones, a Past Master of Blackwood large was the Trea- 
surer for the Authority and was involved in acquiring floodplain 
lands to hopefully prevent another hurricane Hazel disaster in this 
region. R.W. Bro. Jacob (Jack) Pos, the first Worshipful Master of 
Heritage Lodge worked tirelessly with Warren Jones and a modern- 
day "Ironside" in the person of Ronald Cooper, B.A., LL.B. Warren 
Jones, Jack Pos and Ron Cooper made a formidable team with help 
from Alan Hall in order to weave a legal net to contain most, if not 
all, legal ramifications. I remember several hours in Ron Cooper's 
office at 555 Yonge St. to review, consolidate, and revise the legal 
instruments. Trips to his office were made frequently in conjunc- 
tion with my visits to downtown hospitals, as well as the house of St. 
John ambulance on Wellesley St. near Yonge. 

Most of my remarks are to recall several hard-working brethren 
who have passed to the Grand Lodge Above as they cannot refute 
my remarks! 

However, I will make reference to some who are still physically in 
our midst. One of these is V.W. Bro. Ronald Cooper. Some may not 
be aware of his Masonic involvement, so I would like to take time 
to talk about this remarkable gentleman. His background may help 
us to understand this lawyer who is so incapacitated that he is un- 
able to attend lodge — not even Wellington or Harcourt, where he is 
an esteemed member. His energetic father was W.Bro. James Coo- 
per of Queen City Lodge, a metal fabricator of many other metallic 
teller cages that he installed in many local banks. His son, Ron, was 
born with an acute form of spinal bifida which gave him increasing 
problems in childhood. At age 19, he was told that if the surgery was 
not performed, he would be confined to a wheelchair with paraly- 
sis below the waist, and if surgical correction was performed, there 
was only a 50% chance of continuing to walk. Indeed, following 
surgery, the wheelchair was an integral part of his life. His plans to 
take medical training were shattered and he vehemently turned to 
music, especially, the pianoforte. After a year of training, he was an 


accomplished pianist but decided that he wished to study the law. 
Through the efforts of himself and his parents, ramps were built at 
Trinity College so that he could park his car beside it to access his 
classes. After graduating with a BA, similar ramps were constructed 
at the Faculty of Law building. After his LL.B. in being called to the 
Bar, he work for the Ontario Government in The Department of 
The Superintendents of Insurance in offices at 555 Yonge St. 

When I was Junior Steward in Wellington Lodge No. 635 G.R.C., 
Ron Cooper made application to the Lodge for initiation. This was 
because his father's lodge met at the Chisholm Building (Danforth 
and Main area) where there were many steps. Ron researched the 
Toronto lodges meeting in buildings without steps. He determined 
that 1100 Millwood Rd. was best, and hence his petition to Welling- 
ton Lodge. Dispensation was NOT granted to initiate in a wheel- 
chair with resultant disappointment in being unable to attend lodge 
especially with his father. 

Being aware of the situation, while I was Senior Warden of Welling- 
ton Lodge, I spoke to the Deputy Grand Master of that day, William 
Kirk Bailey and relayed to him what I knew about Ron Cooper and 
his quest for Masonic knowledge. Then, R.W.Bro. Wm. Kirk Bailey 
assured me that if Ron Cooper was still interested in Freemasonry, 
that if the DGM became Grand Master, he would do all in his pow- 
er to assist in this quest for Masonic light. Indeed, after the Grand 
Lodge sessions in 1971, dispensation was received to initiate Ron in 
a wheelchair. He received all three degrees while I was Wor. Mas- 
ter of Wellington Lodge. To my knowledge, this is this is the first 
paraplegic to be initiated into Masonry in our jurisdiction. Ron was 
an excellent officer and I had the good fortune to install him in the 
Chair of King Solomon. Ron was later invested with the regalia of 
the Grand Senior Deacon formerly worn by V.W. Bro. Dalton Wells, 
a former Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals for Ontario. 

So many others are to be mentioned and I am fearful of running 
overtime. The late Bert Wiggins was an example of so many who 

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work diligently at fundraising. I recall V.W. Bro. Bert Wiggins' di- 
recting a drama depicting the potential possibilities of a presence in 
Black Creek Pioneer Village. Others in Ed Drew's "crew" included 
R.W. Bro. Paul Curry, Ed Ralph and the late Gordon Brittain. 

I have heard criticism about my absence for the Sod Turning Cer- 
emony. In retrospect, I think it was fortunate that the Grand Mas- 
ter of that day turned the sod without sharing the spotlight with hi* 
Deputy. Just another example of a substitute Adoniram " being 
distance" - namely at another Grand Lodge where the Grand Mas- 
ter asked me to represent him. I hope this action was mutually ben- 

I did cherish the opportunity to participate in a Cornerstone Lay- 
ing Ceremony in Ottawa October, 1993 and the ribbon-cutting wit] 
Pauline McGibbon and M.W. Bro. James W. Allen — both dedicate! 
supporters of this project. 

I have been asked to mention my future wishes for Black Creel 
Pioneer Village Lodge room — there are many, but I believe thai 
present and future officers of Heritage Lodge No. 730 G.R.C. Jun< 
should initiate their own plans for future endeavors. 

Instead of my wish list, I would prefer to convey you two concern! 
that I have for the future. One concerns Heritage Lodge and th< 
other is the legislative bodies of our land. 

It is a fervent wish that the committees of our lodge will continu* 
their generous support of the Lodge room and the volunteers t< 
welcome visitors. Regarding greeters, I had hoped that the mem- 
bership of Wellington Lodge could furnish volunteers for the sec- 
ond Thursday, however, with the advancing years of the Wellingtoi 
volunteers, their task has been generously supplanted by our pres- 
ent G.S.W., R.W.Bro. John Logan. I enjoy our discussions during the 
quiet times in the Lodge room. Where else could I bend the ear ol 
one of our busy Grand Lodge officers? I hope that we can continu< 
to have enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer corps headed up by 


stalwarts like Jim Major, Alan Hall, Burns Anderson and Arnold 

Regarding the legislative bodies of Canada, I am reminded of the 
mothballing of the Ontario Agricultural Museum near Milton. For 
several years, I volunteered there writing descriptions of the vari- 
ous harvesting implements — everything from grain reapers to 
combines. This abruptly ended in late 1995 when the grounds were 
converted to the Country Heritage Park. I hope that a similar trag- 
edy does not befall Black Creek Pioneer Village at any time in the 
future. It behooves each of us to be ambassadors for Black Creek 
Pioneer Village and to keep reminding our politicians about this 
great asset that we enjoy. 

I have great hope for the future as long as we can be blessed with 
capable administrators like Russell Cooper, Marty Grant and pres- 
ently Chris Bagley working so harmoniously with our wonderful 
band of volunteers. 

Please remember service is a product of faith and action. Our 

Heritage Lodge in Ontario's Masonic endeavours is a continuing 
excellence witness to that statement. 


The Timely Evolution 
of The Graft 

Speech to Heritage Lodge 

by Graeme Boyce, The Beaches Lodge #473 

This paper is being presented today with a view to looking at the 
popularity of Freemasonry in three distinct time periods as we ap- 
proach the 300th anniversary of The Craft - since those early days 
of men meeting in pubs and telling their wives they were really go- 
ing to a lodge meeting. 

The year 1717 was nestled in a truly interesting era. The Age of En- 
lightenment was soon to replace an Age of Reason, and revolutions 
diverted the energies and wealth of many autocracies in Europe. 
Toward the end of the 18th century a trust in a better future for the 
common man was reinforced by their unifying battle cries: Liberty, 
Equality and Fraternity. 

Early in 1717 The Netherlands, Britain and France had signed the 
Triple Alliance against Spain, and a few months later the first ballet 
was performed on Drury Lane in London: The Loves of Mars and 
Venus. Later in the year, while Blackbeard roamed the Caribbean 
without mercy, acting under an amnesty toward pirates and operat- 
ing under a letter of marque, Voltaire was serving time in the Bas- 
tille for his honesty and satire. 

Robert Lomas has certainly argued quite well in his book, Freema- 
sonry and the Birth of Modern Science, that The Royal Society was 
formed due to its founding members, segmented by their religious 
and political views, who could come together in harmony, as men of 
reason. Without equivocation, Freemasonry was incredibly popu- 
lar among the ruling ranks of Europe. 


To ensure success and achieve goals, any event of any magnitude 
requires insight, vision and planning; communication, organiza- 
tion and dedication. For the benefit of enduring participants, who 
believe their collective impact will bring about transformational 
change, a level playing field and a solid foundation on which to build 
anew are also required. 

In the beginning, fresh and bright minds were aplenty. After the 
suppression of the Jacobites, the ruling royal family in England, the 
matter of religion and the politics of obtaining authority were hot 
topics in London in 1717. For example, though living abroad, the 
Stuart King James III was still negotiating with the government of 
King Charles XII of Sweden to support an invasion of Scotland, and 
only with the arrest of the Swedish Minister in England, Count Gyl- 
lemborg, and having his papers seized, were those plans cancelled. 

Revolutions will succeed when there is a need for change. If a need 
for change is recognized, spurred by a new vision, whether for a 
company, country or family, convergence - simply luck and timing 
- will dictate the efficiency and effectiveness of success. Through 
its lessons learned on the floor, Freemasonry provides the timeless 
foundation and the tools for which change can occur within men 
themselves, once they are resting on a level playing field. 

Faced with advancing technology and increasing capacity of print- 
ing presses, writers, and the publishers and distributors of hand- 
bills, posters or newspapers, people quickly understood the neces- 
sity to be educated and to read the news and, given 'word of mouth' 
is the best form of advertising, people really needed to speak well 
in order to spread new thoughts and ideas of merit. Thus, people 
began to understand the necessity of transformation. 

After four lodges in London decided to unify in a tavern on St John 
the Baptist Day and elect their first Grand Master and constitute 
themselves a Grand Lodge of England, they knew there would be 
no backwards steps. And so their regulatory body to ensure consis- 


tency grew. They attracted many existing lodges from across Eng- 
land, and also attracted competition - competing to deliver Ancient 
versus Modern ritual. 

The Constitutions of Masonry were published five years later and 
by 1730 there were over 100 lodges in England and Wales, while 
Irish and Scottish Grand Lodges administered their own histori- 
cally separate territories. They were each soon enough warranting 
Grand Lodges around the world, and granted thousands of charters 
to new lodges. In 1738, France joined the fray too. 

In England in the 1730s and 1740s Freemasonry was generating 
considerable public interest. After all, meetings were openly ad- 
vertised and reported on in the local newspapers - and due to their 
personal contacts aristocrats, landed gentry and professional men 
sought admission to obtain its secrets and mysteries. 

I have often wondered how such young Grand Lodges were so pre- 
pared for this rapid expansion. It is a point worthy of our consider- 
ation. There were certainly many well-intentioned men who came 
together to form the first Grand Lodge in London. Perhaps one 
among them knew the true value of a philosophy school, whether 
during a wartime or peacetime economy, around the world. 

Why would a man of noble birth or any captain of industry be inter- 
ested in an Invisible College, or see the value of a school espousing 
the virtues of man? Clearly, the marketing, the process of commu- 
nicating specific messages, of modern Freemasonry - in order to at- 
tract new members - was done directly, one to one, man to man, a 
process passed down generation to generation. 

Yet someone from among that founding group had surely suggest- 
ed they better be prepared for growth, if indeed the Craft's lessons 
learned on the floor were deemed as valuable then as they are today. 
These men knew the true value of Freemasonry would be under- 
stood by a few, as its lessons could only be transmitted to a few at 



a time, given the messages are realistically only communicated by 
fewer still and only within the body of a lodge. 

With the foundation of this first Grand Lodge, and the union of four 
English lodges who were meeting in various London taverns, Free- 
masonry was projected from being a relatively private institution 
into the public eye. Someone had recognized the benefit of not only 
reducing overhead but ensuring the consistency of messaging, if the 
Craft was indeed to grow and succeed. They clearly chose quality 
over quantity in those early years. 

Many Grand Lodges were openly competing for the attention of 
men throughout Europe. However, balancing successful expan- 
sion and growth, Freemasonry was so popular that in 1730 Samuel 
Pritchard decided to profit himself by writing a book, an expose no 
less, called Freemasonry Dissected. 

220 years later, immediately following the Second World War, it is 
well documented Craft lodges experienced a sudden rise in mem- 
bership across North America, and likely around the world. While 
Freemasonry was quietly expanding in 1946, Show Boat opened 
on Broadway in January, yet General Electric workers violently 
clashed with police in Pennsylvania a month later. Then, in Decem- 
ber, "It's a Wonderful Life" was released, while only a month earlier 
India had appealed to the United States and the Soviet Union to end 
nuclear testing. 

I believe despite winning the war and their freedom, many men had 
returned home without any sense of purpose in their young lives 
and were eased into a country life on the farm or a suburban life at 
the factory, but some could not find happiness in a simply perfect 
material life - affording the right home, the right car and the right 
clothes, as well as the right friends, of course. 

These men saw the need for change and quickly spread the word 
that hope for a better future could be found within the tyled re- 


cesses of a lodge room. The light emanating toward the heavens 
above from within that sanctity formed a beacon; illuminated pil- 
lars in the community. However, these men joining needed direc- 
tion, which they obviously were not finding in their garages or base- 
ments. Willing to present themselves as clean slates, like a blank 
page needing words, or a thought needing reason, they needed the 
company of men to act as guides. 

In this environment, many men were raised and lodge rooms were 
soon filled with pride and vigour in those prosperous and pleasant 
post-war periods. Yet as quickly as lodges had grown in size, their 
numbers also began to decline equally as rapidly. In response, some 
jurisdictions began reducing membership requirements, changing 
ritual, redefining the purpose of Freemasonry and engaging in oth- 
er activity in an effort to end the crisis of numbers. 

My mother lodge, The Beaches Lodge, was decimated following 
both world wars, as were all lodges undoubtedly. However, we re- 
bounded with renewed energy and enthusiasm in the years that 
followed. In retrospect, it is likely the men who led Freemasonry 
through this era of crisis, though educated and esteemed, were not 
aware of the integrated marketing strategies being defined in the 

After WWII - a brutal war in which many Freemasons in Europe 
were imprisoned, and, in fact, killed for belonging to an ancient fra- 
ternity, a so called secret society - the leaders of the Craft in Eng- 
land safely assumed privacy for its members was paramount, and 
that relations with popular media outlets were redundant. As we 
are all aware, factual errors appearing publicly were not addressed 
and a mythology swept over England as to the aims of Freemasonry. 

Not so ironically, within this age of immense common popular- 
ity, in 1952 Walton Hannah's book Darkness Visible was released, 
which raised his concerns about the compatibility of Freemasonry 
and Christianity. 


In my humble opinion, the popularity of Freemasonry today can 
be attributed to several factors that have collided over this past de- 
cade. The Square and Compasses comprise the most well-known 
and easily recognized logo around the world. It stands shoulder to 
shoulder alongside the uppermost iconic corporate brands: Coca- 
Cola, Microsoft, IBM, Ford and Disney, among others. 

On one hand digital technology has enabled access to documents 
that were once the private domain of libraries, while the entertain- 
ment industry in particular has benefitted from this arcane knowl- 
edge. On the other hand, increasingly sophisticated technologies 
have made the working man yearn for the simplicity of an earlier 
day, while the key messages contained in popular books and movies 
related to Freemasonry have now raised issues that he feels com- 
pelled to address, not only on his own behalf, but on behalf of his 

These are the philosophical issues of nature and science: from the 
miracle of birth to the miracle of death. These issues are transfor- 
mation defined, of taking one matter and creating another, of taking 
hops and making beer, of taking hides and making leather, or taking 
stone and making cities, of creating value where none existed be- 
fore. Thus, the value of taking good men and making them better is 
left in the hands of men themselves. 

Our actions once we leave the tyled recesses of the lodge room reso- 
nate in our communities, whether in the living room or the board 
room. So we can tell people directly the benefit of becoming en- 
lightened, and we can advertise the fact that our lodges are open 
for business (the business of conducting men through their own 
unique levels of understanding), but we are advised to educate our 
brethren about The Craft's critical and relevant messages, the uni- 
versal truth of Freemasonry, in order to sustain growth for another 
300 years. 


In conclusion, whether prince or pauper, all men aspire to great- 
ness. Material wealth, as we have all discovered, is an empty glass, 
a covering or shell masking an unknown void. Once this fact is real- 
ized, the man realizes there is then something missing in his life - 
his raison d'etre - his purpose. If he stands alongside upright men, 
suitably stimulated, he too is willing to embark on a path of discov- 
ery. To "know thyself" is a path unique to each, yet at the outset that 
first step is one we have all shared as we enter through the Western 

As it did for the men of 1717, or the men of 1946, that first step for 
the new brother is the culmination of his reaching those gates in 
his own way. However, it is a process that clearly involves trusting 
the brand to deliver on its promise and confident in its members 
to transform him. What is done with that knowledge is up to the 
man himself - but I believe the transformation of curious and intel- 
ligent men, one at a time, will ultimately better our communities 
and enable men from all walks of life to stand on the level and to 

HERITAGE LODGE NO. 730 ! I , UOCEEDI.\GS2011 , 19 

Prince Edward Lodge No.18, 

A.F. & A.M.; G.R.C., 

200 years of Masonry in 

Prince Edward County. 

( A Presentation for Heritage Lodge No. 730, 

G.R.C. May 28, 2011.) 

By Bro. Alan R. Capon 


Worshipful Master, Right Worshipful Bro. Perry McConnell, Grand 
Registrar, other Very Distinguished members of the East, and my 

It is an Honour on behalf of the W.Bro. Dale Porter, the Worshipful 
Master, Officers and Brethren of Prince Edward Lodge No.18, to 
welcome the Officers and Members of Heritage Lodge No.730 GRC 
and other Brethren to Prince Edward Lodge No. 18, on this our 
200th anniversary. 

We are delighted that you have taken the time to join with us here 
in Prince Edward Lodge on this very special occasion and celebra- 
tion. There are but a handful Masonic Lodges that have achieved 
200 years. 

This very short presentation is only a small reflection of Masonry in 
Prince Edward County ( More especially the Ward of Picton. ) 

I must share with you that although I am doing the talking, the lions 
share of the research about Prince Edward Lodge No.18 A.F. & A.M. 


was completed by a number of Brethren of the Lodge. They are the 
lodge members who have for many, many years researched almost 
everything and every lead that they could possibly find. That call 
has far exceeded that voluntary duty to our Lodge. 

Please let me introduce these Brethren to you. 
Bro Alan Capon, the lodge Historian for many years and a past 
secretary of the lodge, author of " Upon the Level, by the Square", 
A history of Prince Edward Lodge No. 18, A.F. & A.M., Picton, On- 

"Now retired, he writes a weekly historical column for the The 
County Weekly News ( Prince Edward County) and continues to 
write historical books." 1 

" By his own admission Bro. Capon estimates to have written and 
published between two and three thousand articles dealing with the 
craft. This effort has put masonry in the public eye and increased 
awareness of our fraternity and in turn has helped remove some of 
the inaccurate information that persists in masonry." 2 

W. Bro. David Hickman, A Past Master of Prince Edward Lodge. 
A historian by nature especially for other Masonic Concordant 
bodies. The historian of District Eleven Royal Arch Masons in Can- 
ada in the Province of Ontario at the present time. He is a brother 
very dedicated to Masonry and the other Concordant Masonic bod- 
ies which meet at Prince Edward Masonic Temple Corporation at 
13251 Loyalist Parkway, in Picton. 

Bro. James Ives, a senior brother of Prince Edward Lodge No.18 
and who has probably the oldest connection to Prince Edward 
Lodge No.18 A.F. & A.M. This connection that can easily be identi- 
fied and which we will be discussing later in this presentation. 

So my Brethren you can truly see that I am only a spokesperson for 
this senior lodge of The Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of 
Ontario. I do hope that you will enjoy some of the items we have 
chosen for presentation for you this afternoon. 


"I will strive to live with love and care 
Upon the Level, by the Square. - 1507" 

(Found inscribed on a stone discovered while excavat- 
ing the foundations of an ancient bridge over the River 
Shannon in Ireland.) This best describes these Brethren. 

Chapter Two: Early days at Prince Edward Lodge 

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The County of Prince Edward. 

Understanding the name of the County of Prince Edward is an 
interesting fact and starting point. 

"The Peninsula area which became the County of Prince Edward 


was part of the Mecklenburg district. This was one of four districts 
created by the the British governor, Lord Dorchester in 1788, the 
western part of Quebec for the administration of the newly sur- 
veyed lands already being settled by the United Empire Loyalists 
and their companions from 1784 onwards. In 1791 Upper Canada 
was established as a separate province incorporating these four dis- 

Mecklenburg was renamed the Midland District with Kingston as 
the principal town and the numbered townships were given names 
in 1792. At the same time Prince Edward was constituted as one of 
the first nineteen electoral areas called counties. 

The County was named in honour of His Royal Highness Prince Ed- 
ward, Duke of Kent ( 1767-1820), fourth son of George III, father of 
Queen Victoria and forefather of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 
In 1831 the Prince Edward peninsula was created a judicial district 
and provisions were made to confirm this by building of a court- 
house and jail. In 1850 the County of Prince Edward was incorpo- 
rated. Its seal, demonstrating the cultivation and the fruits of the 
soil represented by agricultural implements and a sheaf of grain 
surrounded by the inscription ' The Corporation of the ' County of 
Prince Edward C. W.', is still in use. The county came into being as 
a municipality during the period of the United Canadas when the 
province was known as Canada West, hence the initials 'C.W.'. By 
confederation Canada West became Ontario. ,, 3 

From the above Preamble taken from " The Settlers Dream" a Picto- 
rial History of the Older Buildings of Prince Edward by Tom Cruic- 
shank and Peter John Stokes much can be learned that directly re- 
flects our Masonic Heritage in Prince Edward County. Some of the 
same information can be found on the website for The County of 
Prince Edward. 

This history of the County includes references to the settlement for 
European - Canadians which was facilitated when the county was 


created by Upper Canada's founding Lieutenant-Governor John 
Graves Simcoe on July 16,1792. It was of course named after Prince 
Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent , who was the commander-in-chief 
of British North America. The three original townships were named 
in honour of the three daughters of George III. 4 

There are a few important historical points to remember from both 
the history of the county and the preamble from above that reflect 
the masonic heritage the community. 

When the court and jail were build in Picton and opened John A. 
MacDonald, the father of confederation was a young lawyer who 
practiced law there. He later moved to Kingston and became a Ma- 
son. This court house is still in use today and the cells that had been 
used as a County Jail are still in tact and used as an archive. 

Although there is no written documentation the name of our lodge 
seems to directly reflect that of the county name, Prince Edward. 
"In the early years and, as recorded on the Lodge Warrant, the Lodge 
was know as Prince Edward's Lodge". 5 

"Prince Edward, Township of Hallowell, County of Prince Edward; 
petitioned for a warrant in January 21, 1811; warrant authorized 
February 21, 1811 but apparently not issued; continued working as 
No.19 (1823) and No.8 (1847) now Prince Edward No. 18 ,G.R.C, Pic- 
ton." 6 

A flow chart created by W. Bro. David Hickman is included. (Pg 24) 
It helps us understand by way of dates and Grand lodges the very 
confusing state of Masonry and their relationship to the Grand 
Lodges of that period of time. In addition to the the different na- 
tionalities of the era; from England, Scotland, Ireland and the Unit- 
ed States. 

This is the only time that I will refer to, in this paper, the relation- 
ship of Prince Edward Lodge and the Grand Lodge's which it has 


been associated. 

Although Prince Edward Lodge applied to the 1st Provincial Grand 
Lodge in January of 1811, it was not instituted until February 21, 
1822. The first warrant being dated September 23, 1822 and num- 


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bered 772. It was later renumbered No. 505 under the 2nd Provin- 
cial Grand Lodge. 

It was not until 1858 that Prince Edward Lodge committed itself to 
the newly formed Grand Lodge Of Canada in the Province of Ontar- 
io and was numbered 18. William Mercer Wilson became the First 
Grand Master of the two united grand lodges at that time. There 
are many factors which affected masonry in those days in reference 
to the different Grand Lodges of the time. It is in itself a complete 
topic for discussion. 

" Lodges and fraternal societies played a very important part in the 
early social life, especially after settlements had grown into thriving 
communities" . 7 

And so it was in Hallowell, Upper Canada in 1811. 

Hallowell, now known as Picton, Ontario, was essentially a self con- 
tained community in those pioneer years. No lengthy travel was 
possible, except by water. 

Among the early settlers, mostly of United Empire Loyalist origin, 
were a few Masons of whom may have been initiated in the travel- 
ing military lodges. 

The Lodge was an important part of the community in those ear- 
ly days, as it still remains 200 years later. It was the place where 
friends and acquaintances met. The masons first met in a house 
near Hallowell bridge, a short walk from any part of the village. The 
bridge itself was a poor structure of logs and timbers built across 
the stream., which drained the marsh into the bay at its head. A few, 
from a distance, would arrive on horseback traveling over rough 
roads and picking their way through the cedar and hemlock swamps. 
Conditions were hard, in fact, primitive but such conditions were 
normal to these people. Lodge became a focal point to many in the 
community. The eminent men who joined the lodge were commu- 


nity leaders. They were proud of their membership in the lodge and 
were undoubtedly careful in their acceptance of applicants of mem- 

This is illustrated by an old certificate for a member of Prince Ed- 
ward Lodge, Bro. Guy Henry Young and dated 1813. This certificate 
is now in the Archives of Prince Edward Lodge. The hand-drawn 
certificate has the information on it written in arcs converging right 
and left, in the form of a globe. The text reads: " Upper Canada. We, 
the presiding Officers of Prince Edward Lodge, have conferred the 
Sublime Degree of Master Mason upon our duly qualified Brother, 
the Bearer, Guy Henry Young, Who as a true and faithful brother 
of the Masonic family is hereby recommended to be favourable 
notice and Protection of every Free and Accepted Mason on the 
Globe. As a Testimonial the seal of our Lodge is fixed, A.D. 5813. Bela 
Johnson,W.M.; David Cornwell, S.W.; Benjamin Hubbs, J.W.; and 
Elam B. Ives, secretary. 

The seal is on the left, having a pale blue ribbon half an inch wide 
let into the paper. The original was passed on through Mrs. John 
Amber Crombie, a daughter of Guy Henry Young. A facsimile of the 
document is shown on page 897 of Robertson's History of Freema- 
sonry, volume one (1899). A copy of the certificate can found dis- 
played in the ante room of our lodge. A copy of this certificate is also 
in the historical records of our Grand Lodge in Hamilton. 

From this certificate we learn of one of those very interesting, dedi- 
cated masons of those days. I want like to comment and refer to the 
Secretary that appears on the Certificate, Bro. Elam B. Ives. 

" Elam Burr Ives, could have been the first doctor in Ontario be- 
tween Kingston and Toronto. He rode on horse back to visit his pa- 
tients. Elam received a grant of land along, probably at Lakeshore, 
south-west of Colborne." 8 Little is known about Bro. Elam Ives 
affiliation with the Prince Edward Lodge other than his office as 
Secretary. We are very fortunate that the Ives family in the Untied 
States have been able to trace their family tree back to when they 


immigrated to North America. 

This has been documented and dates to the passenger list of the log 
of the boat known as the True Love Passengership, September 1635 
when William Ives 28 yrs., landed from England. 9 

Elam , a direct descendent is believed to have immigrated to Graf- 
ton, Ontario from Oneida New York. 

Bro. Elam Burr Ives is the great, great, great, great grandfather of 
one of our members of Prince Edward Lodge, Bro. James Lott Ives. 
This is a very true masonic family with many Masonic Affliations 
such as the following, William Lott initiated into Moira Lodge in 
1883, others who have Masters In Gannanoque and District Deputy 
Grand Master of Frontenac District. I would to thanks Bro Ives for 
allowing me to use some of the material in this representation. 

For Two Hundred Years Prince Edward Lodge has meet and been 
housed in buildings in Picton. In the early years Picton was known 
as Hallowell but still Prince Edward Lodge found only a few places 
to meet. 

In some case these building are very well documented and others 
the locations are only at best assumed locations. 

1 That a Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons afforesaid (sic) shall be 
held at the house built of that purpose near Hallowell Bridge on ev- 
ery Thursday preceding the full moon of each calendar month" 10 
Another very interesting item to the above note were some " Rules 
that follow provide for the officers who shall appear in decent ap- 
parel with proper clothing, and that a brother shall be appointed 
and paid for tyling and that in the winter the lodge shall meet from 
six until nine o'clock." 9 

We know that representatives of Prince Edward Lodge and the Pic- 
ton School Board signed an an agreement on April 8, 1828, to jointly 
build a Lodge and School House in one building on a lot of ground 


deeded by Abraham Barker of Hallowell Village ( Picton ). The 
contract price for this stone building was two hundred and twelve 
pounds, ten shillings sterling. 

The Freemasons were to pay half of the cost and the contractor was 
to take on the trouble, burden and risk of collecting public subscrip- 
tions for the balance due. 

"The specifications of the new Lodge and School House stipulated 
that it should be built of brick, 28 by 38 feet. The foundations were 
to be of good stone 18 inches thick and 18 inches underground and 
12 inches above the highest part of the surface. The wall of brick was 
to be neatly faced and laid in lime and sand mortar. Other require- 
ments were laid out in detail from the flue to a chimney and match- 
ing false chimney top at the other end of the building." 11 

"The entrance of the lodge, which occupied the upper storey, was by 
an outside staircase on the west side. The number of windows and 
doors was specified and everything was to be finished in good and 
workmanlike manner on or before the first of September next." 12 

The lower storey was leased to the school board for a period of 67 

Later a new building was built in 1871, at the same location, with 
accommodation for the Freemasons in the upper storey. During the 
construction of this lodge room the lodge met in the Chapman and 
Striker Block, a building later occupied by Teasles Drug Store. ( Tea- 
sles Drug Store is about to close it doors and shut down the business 
after many decades of service to Picton and area) Its present owner, 
Bro. John Erten, was initiated into Prince Edward Lodge on May 5, 

Up to 1864, candles were used for lighting the lodge room and later 
coal-oil lamps were installed. St. Johns Masonic Hall finally re- 
ceived electricity for the first time at the June meeting in 1900. It 


was noted in the minutes " The effect was most pleasing and elicited 
favourable comment from the members present." The minutes for 
the July 12 meeting recorded the cost of installing the electric lights 
at $79.42, the cost to be shared equally between Prince Edward 
Lodge No. 18 and the Prince Edward Chapter No.31 of the Royal 
Arch Masons. 

Bro. Erten located old pictures of what is believed to some mem- 
bers of Prince Edward Lodge No.18 from when the Lodge occupied 
the upper level of the Chapman Striker Block. One of these pictures 
appears to be an oil painting. It is displayed in the ante room of the 
lodge building as we speak. 

The new School and Lodge room, on the same parcel of land became 
known as Mary St., School. Again the lodge occupied the top level 
being the third level. The lodge room as referred as St. John's Hall. 
Pictures of this hall are located in our present ante room. You will 
note handed painted, symbolic murals on ceilings and the walls with 
many pictures of members, Past Masters etc., lining the walls. At the 
center of the ceilings of the lodge room the lettered inscription read 
* In the Beginning, the Lord made Heaven and Earth; and the Lord 
said; Let there be light, and there was light". 13 

Many of these paintings and pictures are preserved and displayed 
in our present building, ante room. 

When R.W. Bro. Carl Reid, the District Deputy Grand Master of 
Prince Edward District, paid his official visit to Prince Edward 
Lodge on Thursday November 6, 1968 it was the final meeting of the 
Lodge to be held at St. John's Hall. For over 100 years the Breth- 
ren of Prince Edward Lodge and visitors had used this hall for their 
meetings. One further meeting was held at St. John's hall on Mary 
St., when an appeal was made to the members for volunteers to help 
move furniture to the new Lodge room. 

After having been granted approval for a new building by Grand 


Lodge, the present lodge building was completed here at 13251 Loy- 
alist Parkway, Main St., West Picton ward. The Prince Edward Ma- 
sonic Temple Corporation was incorporated in April of 1967 which 
looks after the administration of this new building, a responsibility 
that exists to this day. 

To compare costs the land for the new building was $4000.00 and 
estimated $46,685.00 for the construction of the new building. The 
appraised value of the building and contents in today's dollars is ea- 
sily ten times the actual building cost. 

The annual dues of any Lodge are always a topic in itself. But a very 
interesting reference is made by the lodge secretary dated 1822 of 
Prince Edward Lodge, Henry P. Heermans. 

"A memorandum from Prince Edward Lodge to Kingston, Conven- 
tion of 1822 stated that the fees charged were three pounds, five 
shillings of silver or about $14.00 Halifax Currency This was appar- 
ently for the three degrees." 14 Compare this with the 2011 annual 
dues of $90.00. 

Another very interesting artifact still exists of how masonry has al- 
ways been alive and well in our Community. " On November 21, 1901 
a motion was adopted to appoint a committee to arrange a Masonic 
Memorial Window to be placed in the Chapel being erected at Glen- 
wood Cemetery. 

The cost of the window was not to exceed $85.00. On February 20, 
1902 the minutes record the payment by bank draft of $75.00 to N.T. 
Lyon Glass Company for the Memorial Window." 15 This window is 
still in the Chapel and has since been repaired with funds from the 
generous donations of brethren of Lodge. 

Some of the Brethren today when entering the lodge building and 
coming up the stairs to the ante room may have noticed a large wall 
hanging. This is the last piece of carpet removed from St. John's 


Hall, the Mary St., School building which Prince Edward Lodge 
No.18 formally occupied. We find reference to this carpet in the 
minutes of the lodge in a couple of different places. But most im- 
portantly is the reference " that the carpet was ordered through H. 
B. Bristol store in Picton from a company in was de- 
livered in three weeks which was considered very quick service in 
those times. Lodge minutes of October 22, 1908 show an expendi- 
ture of $1,084.37 for some repairs and the new carpet. " 16 This is an 
amazing fact even in today's standard. 

"R. W. Bro. Col. Donald Ross had presented the sword he had car- 
ried all through his military career, including the Fenian Raid, to 
Prince Edward lodge to be used by the inner guard." 17 This sword 
is still is use by the inner guard and all candidates for initiation are 
received on the point of this sword. "Bro. Ross also provided some 
cemetery plots, in Glenwood Cemetery as burial place for the mem- 
bers of the lodge. Prince Edward's Lodge longest serving Tyler, Pat- 
rick McFadden is buried in the Masonic Plot. " 18 A picture of Bro. 
Patrick McFadden is displayed on our ante room. 

R.W. Bro. Donald Ross was the Worshipful Master of our lodge in 
1875. Prince Edward Lodge No. 18 has been very fortunate to have 
many members over the last 200 years. They have included mem- 
bers from almost very walk in life. Many local merchants, military 
personal, farmers, 

Judges, police officers, teachers, principals, school superintendents, 
plumbers, electricians, maintenance personal, doctors, lawyers, 
stone masons and I could go on. Each have contributed in there 
own small way to the very rich and long history of the Lodge. The 
present members of the Lodge are thankful for their contributions, 
their membership and their caring and thoughtful ways in our com- 
munity. Prince Edward Lodge No.18 is the second oldest organiza- 
tion in Picton. 

The United Church of Picton is older. 


" Prince Edward Lodge No. 18, A.F. & A .M. has prospered for almost 
two hundred years. It has a fascinating history and a promising fu- 
ture. Regretfully, it is not possible to mention all the names and sto- 
ries of the thousands of men who have been proud to be members 
of this lodge" 19 Quoted directly form the book by Bro. Alan Capon, 

My Brethren, on behalf of the members of Prince Edward Lodge, 
we thank you once again for allowing this short paper to presented 
to Heritage Lodge No.730 today. 

Two documents are attached to this paper, one - the diagram by W. 
Bro. David Hickman that tracks our history in the various Grand 
Lodge jurisdictions. The other the very interesting copy of the cer- 
tificate of Membership of Bro. Guy Henry Young, 1813. 

For your consideration, 

Kenneth Campbell, 

Past District Deputy Grand Master 

Prince Edward Lodge No. 18 


1 and 2 From "Submission for William Mercer Wilson Metal " by W. Bro. 

Bernard Gaw and W. Bro. David Hickman 

3-4 From " The Settlers Dream" a Pictorial History of the Older Buildings 

of Prince Edward by Tom Cruicshank and Peter John Stokes 

5-6-7 From " Upon the Level, by the Square" The history of Prince Edward 

Lodge No.18 A.F. & A. M. By Bro. Alan R. Capon 

8 From " The Ives Connection" compiled by Ruth E. Law , May 1988 

9 From " The Ives Family" by Arthur Coon Ives published at Watertown, 
New York. 

10 - 11 From " Upon the Level, by the Square" The history of Prince Edward 
Lodge No.18 A.F. & A. M. By Bro. Alan R. Capon 

12-13 -14-15-16-17-18-19 From " Upon the Level, by the Square" The 
history of Prince Edward Lodge No.18 A.F. & A. M. By Bro. Alan R. Capon 



The Craft at work 

in Kandahar 

Presented at Heritage Lodge No. 730 September 21, 2011 
By Bro. Joseph Curry, The Beaches Lodge No. 473, 

Canada Lodge UD, GRC 


IwouldliketobeginbythankingV.W. Bro. Robert KliamanandW. Bro. 
and members of Heritage Lodge today on the topic of Canada Lodge 
in Kandahar - a topic that is very near and dear to my heart. In doing 
so they have, by implication, tasked me with organizing and struc- 
turing my thoughts and memories into the paper I am presenting to- 
day titled "Canada Lodge UD, GRC: The Craft at work in Kandahar". 

I have given a number of talks in lodge on the topic since return- 
ing from my tour of duty in Kandahar. These have been "off the 
cuff" recounts of some of my experiences there and so this is the 
first time I have put together a more complete account. Having 
said that, I must caution that this is by no means an attempt to 
provide a complete and exhaustive account of the founding and 
work of Canada Lodge; it is rather intended to be a first-person 
account of the lodge from my perspective and as I experienced it. 

I should begin by introducing myself. I am 2nd Lieutenant Joseph 
Curry, an Intelligence Officer with the Canadian Forces since 2007. 
I belong to 2 Intelligence Company in Toronto, and deployed to Af- 
ghanistan in April 2010 at the rank of Corporal with the National 
Support Element of Task Force Kandahar for roto 9 of Operation 
Athena. I served there for 8 months as an Intelligence Analyst and 
as an Acting Intelligence Officer. I was based out of Kandahar Air 
Field and went on regular Combat Logistics Patrols to Forward Op- 


erating Bases such as Masum Ghar and Patrol Base Spirwan Ghar in 
the Panjwa'i District of Kandahar. 

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In an email home I described an early patrol through Kandahar in 
this way: "Nothing can prepare one for what it is like to actually pa- 
trol through this alien landscape. At times I felt like I was in a se- 
rious time warp. I saw nomads that had stretched tents on a dead 
plane, accompanied by camels, donkeys and goats that seamed to 
subsist on only the odd hearty weed that might dare to put down 
roots there. Even where there was civilization and cultivation, it 
seemed to have been wrestled out of the ground itself and threat- 
ened to return to dust if left untended." This then was the back- 
drop to a culture that bore the scars of decades of war and conflict. 
In this place that was so juxtaposed to the reality I had grown up 
with I faced daily the very real and present danger of death, violence 
and war. Indeed, eight of my brothers in arms came home in a flag 
draped case during my deployment. I must take this moment to pay 
homage to the men and women who have lain down their lives; the 
ones who didn't get the opportunity to come home and tell their 
story. God rest their souls. 

My Masonic career began in October of 2009 and I was raised to 
the S.D. of a M.M. just weeks before deploying. The officers of my 
mother lodge, The Beaches Lodge No. 473, had ensured that I was 
raised before I deployed so that I could participate fully in Cana- 
da Lodge, which, as word had it, was operational in Kandahar. I 


am eternally grateful for this unprecedented accommodation. I 
served as JW of Canada Lodge for the duration of my tour of duty 
I'll leave off the details of how that came to be for a little later. 

I must premise also, before I begin, that the phenomenal support 
we have received from so many brethren from this jurisdiction and 
indeed across this nation is what has made the possibility of Cana- 
da Lodge a functioning reality. I will be documenting the names of 
some of those brethren in this paper as they relate to the accounts 
at hand, but I will be remiss unfortunately as it will be impossible to 
include everyone here. Indeed it is not the intent of this paper to do 
so, but rather (as I have said already) to relay some of my personal 
accounts and observations. 

With that said, allow me to take this opportunity to thank, most sol- 
emnly and sincerely, every brother who in any way has supported, 
aided, and enabled Canada Lodge. 


I was told by W Brother Graeme Boyce before I deployed that there 
was a military lodge that had opened in Kandahar. He gave me 
the contact information for RW Brother Colonel Bill Lewis who I 
emailed to request information on the Lodge. He gave me the con- 
tact information for the WM of the lodge, W Brother (now the VW 
Brother) Rick Fulford. I emailed him when I arrived in theatre ask- 
ing for the location of the lodge and the meeting schedule. He re- 
plied by asking me to meet him at the Tim Horton's on the board- 
walk. I thought "Wow! What a secretive lodge! Why doesn't he just 
tell me the location so I can show up for a meeting?" We met, and 
after he confirmed my Masonic credentials I pressed him again on 
details of the lodge. He said "well Joe, at the moment it's just you 
and me!" There was another AF&AM brother, an American who he 
had been in contact with, but he was set to return home. "There is a 
new rotation of Canadians arriving" Rick said, "I am certain there 
are more masons among them." He asked me if I would be willing 
to help out with the lodge work, perhaps I could be the Tyler or 


something. I was very hesitant. "I was made a M.M. just days be- 
fore I deployed here" I told him. He assured me that he wouldn't 
ask me to do more than he thought I was capable of, or that I would 
be comfortable with. I agreed to help out. Before our first meeting 
he asked me to sit as the JW, the chair I occupied for the duration of 
my tour. The dispensation for Canada Lodge includes that "Officers 
of the Lodge. ..may be appointed by the Worshipful Master for each 
meeting of the lodge from among Master Masons..." This is neces- 
sary due to the nature of a military lodge and the transient nature 
of its members. 


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VW Bro Rick Fulford, WM 

VW Brother Fulford put up simple signs on the boardwalk with a 
square and compass and the words "Canada Lodge AF&AM, Lodge 
of discussion in KAF. Interested masons call Rick Fulford." The 
next time we met for coffee a couple of days later Brother Corporal 
Nick Karsin joined us. 

At our first meeting May 6, 2010 there were 6 of us. At the following 
meeting on May 20 there were 7 and we were able to open the lodge. 
At the next meeting there were 12 and the numbers have remained 
strong ever since. We met in lodge the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each 
month and for degree practice or just a social hour over coffee at 
Tim Horton's on the alternate Thursdays 

I want to just briefly touch on dress code for the lodge as it may be 


of interest to some. We of course had no business suits with us in 
Afghanistan, and as soldiers we must remain armed at all times. 
Our dress in lodge then was a clean set of combat fatigues, sidearm, 
apron and collar of office. An exception to this was candidates dur- 
ing their C. of I. where the OG held onto their weapon until they re- 
tired to resume their comforts. In a later "Canada Lodge, UD, Kan- 
; dahar, Afghanistan" which we wore in lodge. 

L-R: Sgt Steve Gardiner, Marc Cyr, Chris Carsin, Nick Karsin, Rick Ful- 
ford, George Latimer, Joe Curry Harley Grande, Jonathan Lead 

The only furnishings we had for the lodge in those early days was 
an altar cloth provided by Canada Lodge No. 532 in Ajax, Ontario, 
(which we put over some boxes for a makeshift altar) and a beauti- 
ful set of working tools crafted and donated by Brother Harry Coo- 
per of Petrolia, Ontario, a recipient of the William Mercer William 
Award, and the gavels and Warden's columns crafted and donated 
by Brother Larry Cooper of Waterloo, Ontario. 

I realized that if we were to conduct degrees we would need more 
furnishings than this and so I sent a quick email to a couple of broth- 
ers enquiring if they knew of any old lodge furnishings that were 
no longer in use (such as a portable mosaic pavement or a Jacob's 


Ladder, a sword, etc.) that could be sent to the lodge. I soon real- 
ized just how connected the fraternity is, and the level of interest 
in and support for Canada Lodge that exists. I started receiving of- 
fers of support from across Canada, the USA, France, and Australia. 
So much support was given that it would take another paper just to 
document it all. Instead I will highlight just a few examples here. 

Brothers John Cosgrove and JeffSchoonmaker set about spreading 
the word and raising funds in Alberta. They organized the commis- 
sioning of a special mosaic pavement carpet customized with the 
words "Canada Lodge" (which was fabricated in France by The Free- 
mason Collection). It was purchased by Alberta Rose No. 52 YRC 
from many donations received from York Rite bodies of Northern 
Alberta and individual members of those bodies. The Freemason 
Collection in France offered a considerable discount as they want- 
ed to be part of this effort as well. They included a touching letter 
addressed to the Canadian Forces members and Masons thanking 
us on behalf of French citi- 

zens and Masons for our 
assistance in WWII. They 
told us that they are eter- 
nally grateful. 


Wand tops were also sent 
from the brothers in Alber- 
ta, along with wand bases 
and the letter "G" crafted 
by Brother Rick Kampjes. 
The letter "G" opens up 
and hidden inside are two 
sides of the same coin. One 

side has a Canadian flag and the words "True North Strong and 
Free", the other has the S&Cs with the words "Brotherly love", "Re- 
lief" and "Truth". 

The lodge room complete 

A tracing board was donated by Highlands Unity Lodge. Two swords 


were donated by Edmonton Preceptory No. 46. A Tyler's sword by 
RW Bro. Louie J. Lombardi. RW Brother Colonel Bill Lewis donated 
the Jacobs ladder. The brethren of Birch Cliff Lodge No. 612 (where 
I was passed and raised) crafted and sent a beautiful metal letter 

There were many, many more items sent as well, each with a unique 
story, but as I have said they are too vast for the scope of this paper. 
It may have caught your attention that the mosaic pavement came 
in the form of a carpet. This was necessary because we do not have 
a temple in Kandahar. At that time we used a building called Chai 
House which was used as a conference room during the day. To set 
up the lodge we would move tables and chairs out the conference 
room, bring out our lodge furnishings from a storage room and set 
it up. At the end of the night we had to leave the room as we found it. 
Chai House is a small pink stucco building that is used by President 
Hamid Karzai for Shuras when he is in Kandahar. It is also rumored 
to have been used as a meeting place by the Taliban for meetings 
when they were in power. Chai is the tea that is the local drink in 
Kandahar. It is customarily served to guests at a meeting, or Shura. 
Hence the name of the meeting place came to be. 


The initial dispensation for Canada Lodge from our then Grand 
Master, MW Brother Raymond S.J. Daniels, was for a "lodge for the 
purpose of mutual support in providing a fraternal environment for 
our Masonic Brethren serving the Armed Forces in Afghanistan," 
it said further that "this lodge will open and work in the First, or 
Entered Apprentice Degree only" and that "No degrees will be con- 
ferred, but fraternalism and sociability will be the chief object. 
increase and enhance the Masonic knowledge of the Brethren." 

VW Brother Fulford always seems to be thinking 2 steps ahead. 
When we met for the first time that day at Tim Horton's on the 
Boardwalk in April, he told me that he was requesting dispensation 
to conduct degrees and that he was certain we would be confer- 

4() ! PROCEEDINGS 2011 I tLERJ'l 

ring our first degree in 6 months. I remember thinking "we don't 
even have enough guys to open a lodge and he's talking about de- 
gree work? Either this is a man of vision or a hopeless optimist." As 
it turns out, he is a man of vision. It was just under 6 months later 
that we were conducting our first degrees, as dispensation had been 
granted to conduct Cc. of I. 

The very first degree work in Canada Lodge was a double I. on the 
7th of October, 2010 with 16 officers and members of Canada Lodge 
present. I have the privilege of being very closely connected to the 
brothers who 
were initiated 
that night. The 
first was Major 
Robert Kelly 
who was my 
boss during my 
tour of duty. He 
had noticed my 
Master Mason's 
ring early on 
in the tour and 
told me that he 
had always had 
an interest in 

masonry. We had many conversations about the craft over many 
months which led to him asking for a petition which I was quite 
pleased to sign as a sponsor. The second candidate was Corporal Se- 
traj Toor, a Sikh brother, who is also a member of my unit, 2 Intel- 
ligence Company, and who I have known for over 7 years! He did not 
know that I am a Mason and I didn't know that he was interested. 
Brother Sergeant Steve Gardiner worked with Brother Toor at the 
3 RCR Battle Group and they too had been discussing the Craft for 
a number of months. When Brother Gardiner asked if I would co- 
sponsor Cpl. Toor I nearly fell off my chair with surprise and de- 
light! So it came to be that I was a sponsor for the first 2 candidates 

L-R: Satraj Toor, Rick Fulford. Joe Curry. Robert Kelly 


initiated into Canada Lodge. 

There are a number of difficulties rather unique to a military lodge 
operating in a war zone. One of these is that, due to operational re- 
quirements, it is impossible to know with any certainty that all of- 
ficers will be able to attend and fill the chairs on a given night; or 
that everyone who is assigned work for a degree can actually attend. 
Quite regularly one or several of the brothers are called out last 
minute to respond to an attack or battle that occurs. For this reason, 
among others, we were never able to run through a complete prac- 
tice of the degree before the big night. In fact, just three days before 
the first Ii. were to be conducted, Brother Captain Paul Trenholm 
(who was serving as Chaplain and was to give the Final Charge) was 
deployed out to another base. I elected to take on this work in addi- 
tion to the JW's Lecture. 

Another factor was that a number of brethren who were doing work 
that night were from other GL jurisdictions - some for whom Eng- 
lish was a second language - and so they were learning and per- 
forming the work of our jurisdiction for the first time. As you can 
imagine, there were serious nervous jitters as we set up the lodge 
room that historic night. We weren't sure that there wouldn't be a 
major "hiccup". 

I have to tell you, and I am pleased to report, that the work was per- 
formed and the degrees conferred nearly flawlessly. It became very 
apparent to me how seriously the brethren involved took on their 
assigned work, and performed it as though they had done so a hun- 
dred times before. I was amazed by this. Particularly by brothers 
such as Warrant Officer Class 2 Alex Mearns of Australia who deliv- 
ered the Working Tools, and American Brother Richard Bradbury 
who gave the Charity Lecture. They would only have to relearn this 
work in their own jurisdiction at the end of their tour, and yet they 
took on the task with gusto and delivered it with such passion and 
perfection as to do justice to both the work and the candidates re- 


ceiving the degree. Filipino brothers Boiser Raquel, Jonathan Lead, 
and Harley Grande served as OG, Secretary and JS respectively as 

While I have given particular mention to our foreign brothers her 
for the reason stated, I would be remiss if I didn't discuss the work 
of our Canadian brothers as well. Brother Sergeant Steve Gardiner's 
floor work as JD was absolutely flawless. I have never seen better 
floor work before or since. Brother Warrant Officer Jay "Highway" 
Anderson sat in the SW chair that night and learned his work as 
well as the Apron 
Charge in a mat- 
ter of days and 
delivered it well. 
Brother Corpo- 
ral Nick Karsin, 
our IG delivered 
the Ss. with mili- 
tary precision; 
and, due to an- 
other last minute 
change learned 
the 3 Lesser LI. 
in short order as 

07 October 2010 
There are certain 

dynamics in a military lodge which are unique to this particular 
type of lodge. Certain parts of the work are delivered with perhaps 
a bit more "enthusiasm" than one is used to hearing in lodge. For 
example, when the first candidate was brought before me as JW, 
rather than simply delivering my line I thundered "WHO COMES 
HERE?!" Without a moment's hesitation, or waiting for the JD, he 
shot back "I AM MAJOR ROBERT KELLY! !" in a commanding tone 
only an Army Major can deliver. He then cracked a self-conscious 
smile when the JD answered for him and he realized that, at this 



time and place, he was a poor C. in a state of D. 

There was another reason for an uncertain nervousness in the 
brethren of the lodge that night. Kandahar Air Field at that time 
came under regular rocket attacks. These happened daily just after 
dark - the time of day we meet in lodge. When a rocket attack oc- 
curs a warning siren goes off and our drill is to lie face down on the 
floor until the end of the attack. This is to safeguard against being 
hit by shrapnel. What were we to do if we came under attack during 
the C. of I.? This of course would be an unprecedented situation. We 
held our breath and kept our fingers crossed for the duration of the 
degrees. The lodge was closed at 10:40 pm. and we were just posing 
for photographs when the rocket attack siren came. We of course 
hit the floor (in our regalia) and the nervousness we had all felt (but 
that had remained unspoken) released itself in the form of laugh- 
ter. Slowly at first, and then uncontrollably; we all were on the floor 
at the front of the lodge laughing together. Brother Jonathan Lead 
picked up his camera and continued to take photographs - several 
of which I'm sure many of you have now seen. I was asked by broth- 
ers back home afterward why we would possibly be laughing dur- 
ing a rocket attack. Sometimes, as is said, "you just had to be there". 
Brother Major Kelly remarked to me after that his I. was unique 


from all before it due to this "truly Afghan flavour". 

There was another event that night which is of military and Ma- 
sonic note. Brother Gardiner rose and removed a small clear plastic 
envelope from his pocket which contained a Masonic coin. He pro- 
ceeded to tell us - his voice slightly quivering - that this coin was 
found on the body of Brother Sergeant Shawn Eades after he was 
killed in an IED blast in August 2008. His wife had requested that 
the coin travel to Canada Lodge with Sgt. Gardiner. VW Brother 
Fulford directed the coin to be placed on the alter until such time as 
it returned back to Bro. Eade's widow with Sgt. Gardiner. It was laid 
beside the VSL as a memorial to our brotherfiin-arms, our brother 
in the Craft. 

I had the honour of participating in the Ii. of an American soldier, 
Brother Steven Coursey on November 4, 2010, and Canadian Broth- 
er Corporal Daniel Gray Owen on November 18, 2010. Since I have 
returned home there have been another 17 Cs. Of I. for total of 21 to 


After the first initiations VW Brother Fulford made another bold 
prediction. He told me "I expect that within another 6 months we'll 
have dispensation to conduct all the degrees." I hoped he was right. 
This spring the Grand Master granted Canada Lodge dispensation 
to conduct all 3 degrees. Brother Gordon Eleazar was passed on 18 
July 2011 and Bros James Bryant and Stuart Smith on 08 Aug. Prep- 
arations are now under way to raise a brother to the S. D. of a M.M. 
at the next meeting. 


In an email dated 02 August 2011 and addressed to the WM and 
Brethren of Canada Lodge I wrote "I have just received word that 
our Senior Warden, Brother Marc Cyr was called to the Grand Lodge 
Above last night." I was somewhat in a state of disbelief. Just the 


day before I had set up a meeting (at Tim Horton's of course) with 
two prospective candidates (one of them being Major Kelly) who 
wished to discuss the Craft. I had invited any brother from the lodge 
who could to attend. 
Brother Cyr never 
missed an opportunity 
for fraternal compan- 
ionship and conversa- 
tion and he arrived on 
cue with his trademark 
grin, firm handshake 
and hearty laughter. As 
it happened, our WM 

vtf ' Marc Cyr lies in repose on the Afghan War Memo- 

was still away on leave n - a / xaf 
with his wife back 

in Ontario, and the only other brother able to join was American 
Brother Jean Paul Stassi. The two potential candidates also were 
kept away by a twist of fate, and so together Brothers Cyr, Stassi and 
I shared a coffee and talked for quite some time. Bro Cyr was vis- 
ibly glowing. He had 
just returned from 
leave that he had 
spent with his wife 
and daughter in 
Ontario. He told 
us that things had 
never been better 
between his wife 
and him. He told us 
of a motorcycle trip 
they had taken to 
northern Ontario. 
His ever-present grin seemed even wider. He told us how he had 
lost 20 lbs. due to his new fitness regimen and that he was feeling 
full of youth and energy. 

Memorial Service: Bro Marc Cyr, SW 


We discussed the upcoming inaugural d. to be conducted in early 
October. Memory work had never been his strong point, he told us, 
yet he had applied himself and felt a strong sense of pride and ac- 
complishment in learning the Work. He conveyed to us the honour 
and humility he felt to be sitting in the W. of Canada Lodge. As we 
parted with another firm grip we agreed to meet again soon. I re- 
call thinking to myself "this is Masonry. Half the world away from 
home, with a man I might never have taken the time to speak to un- 
der different circumstances - with a brother - I share a bond. This 
was not casual conversation nor 'small talk'; it was the heart — heart 
of friends and brothers." Later that night he passed away of natural 

The loss I felt was immense. With the WM away it fell on my shoul- 
ders to notify the brethren of Canada Lodge, as well as the WM of 
Civil Service Lodge No. 148 - Bro Cyr's mother lodge. 

Brother Cyr was a retired member of the Canadian Forces and had 
served in Bosnia. He was now working as a civilian contractor for 
the Canadian Forces in Kandahar, specifically for The National Sup- 
port Element of Task Force Kandahar (the same unit I was deployed 
with). As some of you may be aware, there is a war memorial (in the 
Task Force Kandahar compound) that is made of Afghan marble. 
The memorial is a beautiful, peaceful place. Matching white marble 
walls rise from a base of black marble, which is also used to cap the 
walls. On these are mounted black marble plaques, each etched with 
the face of a fallen soldier along with his name and unit. The memo- 
rial is shaded by several large drooping trees which resemble wil- 
lows and add to the serenity of the place. When the body of a fallen 
soldier has been placed in the flag draped transfer case it is laid on 
the Afghan War Memorial for a viewing. A small ceremony is then 
held for those close to the fallen before the ramp ceremony (that 
you see on the news) is held. In honour of Bro Cyr's service in the 
Canadian Forces, and the fact that he passed away while on active 
duty in a theatre of war while in support of the Canadian Forces, his 
body was placed in a flag draped coffin and placed on the memorial 


- the same honour given to soldiers who have fallen in battle. This 
is the only case I am aware of where a civilian has been given this 

While his body lay in repose, a pedestal was placed on the memo- 
rial draped with the arid camouflage of our uniforms. Upon this Bro. 
Sergeant Steve Gardiner placed beside a photo of a smiling Bro Cyr 
the VSL and the S&Cs. Following this we approached the memorial, 
each in turn, to observe a minute of silent reflection before saluting 
our fallen brother - an honour once again reserved for soldiers who 
fall in battle. 

Brother Gardiner and 
I served as pallbear- 
ers along with some 
of his civilian cowork- 
ers. Following the me- 
morial service which 
was attended by uni- 

formed and civilian 

friends and colleagues 

we carried his body 

off the Memorial to 1 

the waiting transport Bro. Col Nick Karsin Salutes Bro. Marc Cyr. SW 

vehicle. As we passed, 

his civilian friends gave the sign that we know as the S. of F. and 
those in uniform saluted. As we passed the last soldier standing at a 
sharp salute I recognized him as Task Force Kandahar Command- 
er, Brigadier General Jonathan H. Vance - the same General who 
would later pin the General Campaign Star to my chest in front of 
this same memorial. 

This was the second flag draped coffin I had carried. The other 
was that of Petty Officer 2nd Class Craig Blake who I had assisted 
in placing on the LAVIII that carried him to his ramp ceremony. 
In an email home on that day I wrote in part: "there was a swell of 


emotion as we held the salute to our fallen brother as he made his 
way feet first onto the aircraft - departing the way he had arrived. 
I thought of the caution I had received from Master Corporal Lee 
before going out onto the tarmac: 'whatever you start to feel out j 
there, lock it away. We can't afford to get emotional here; there will 
be plenty of time for that when we get home.' As I type this now I 
can feel the cold steel of the transfer case, the weight of the handle 
pressing into my palm. We have more to carry now: the torch of PO 
Craig Blake. We cannot stop to feel the emotion fully yet because his 
work here needs to carry on through us who remain. God rest his 
soul; and may we never forget.' 


While I could not let myself be consumed by the emotion of these 
events, they of course had a great impact on me. The lessons from 
the 3rd D. were given new perspective. That great level, d., has never 
been so clear to me as it was at this time and place. While the fragil- 
ity and value of life were illuminated for me in a new way by these 
events, I saw the level as well. This beautiful, humble, unassuming 
man who never held or sought position of status or privilege in life, 
was in death remembered with the respect and honour of a hero 
and a founder. From Kandahar, Canada's top General in Afghani- 
stan sent him home in the flag draped coffin of a Canadian Hero. 
In Ottawa he was given a Masonic Memorial Service attended by 
the Grand Master himself, Most Worshipful Brother Raymond S.J. 
Daniels, as a fitting tribute to his contribution to Masonry by sitting 
as the first SW of Canada Lodge. VW Brother Fulford was also able 
to attend this service as he was still in Ontario. 

I would like to share just one more small anecdote from that night. 
As I knelt at his coffin on the memorial and placed my hands on the 
flag stretched over it, my head bowed down as I recalled our conver- 
sation over coffee. I opened my eyes and noticed that the red band 
which holds the flag in place was turned slightly. As I set to straight- 
en it I discovered the cause: pinned to it was a small S&Cs. which 
I discovered later had been placed there by Brother Corporal Nick 
Karsin. The Light would accompany him on the long journey home. 

I 4*) 

WBro Leemans and VWBro Fulford 06 Jan 2011 


Canada Lodge was not the first Military lodge to open in Kandahar. 
Widow's Son No. 202, a Prince Hall Lodge, has been operating there 
for a number of years. There were of course regular fraternal visits 
between the two lodges. In fact at that first meeting when we opened 
the lodge on May 20, 2010 one of the seven brothers in attendance 
was Bro Kenneth Isaac of Widow's Son. I was in attendance and ob- 
served all 3 Dd. conferred in their lodge on a number of occasions. 
Of course their Work is slightly different but it was immediately 
recognizable to me. I witnessed brothers of Black, Hispanic, and 
White heritage initiated into that lodge. 

On one memorable occasion when Brother Nick Karsin and I were 
visiting Widow's Son No. 202 the lodge was about to open in the d. 
when we came under attack. Now, as I have said before, we came un- 
der attack regularly from indirect fire from rockets, but that night 
in concert with indirect fire there was a frontal ground attack on the 
base and we received word that the perimeter had been breached. 
Chai House is a stone's throw from the front gate which had been as- 


saulted. The Worshipful HHS| jj 

Master calmly directed •> 

the Tvler to lock the door 
and put a round in the 
chamber of his M-4. This 
was done and we con- 
tinued with the sound of 
warning sirens and explo- 
sions outside. I am quite 
certain that in the history 

Of Masonry the door of Bro^Paul Carrat - Pride Of Walton- With The S 
the lodge has rarely been c£ Cs. From Canada Lodge 

Tyled in this way. 

One of the brethren who attended Canada Lodge - Brother Paul Carr 
of South Africa - was moved to a Forward Operating Base called FOB 
Walton. There he helped found a Prince Hall Lodge called Pride Of 
Walton No. 110. They began with much less than even we had: a dis- 
pensation to meet and nothing more. Brother Paul Carr travelled 
to Kandahar Air Field to call upon us for fraternal assistance (as we 
were now a fully furnished lodge). A beautiful set of S&Cs were pur- 
chased by the brethren of Canada Lodge. When it arrived we had 
the back of the S. engraved with the words "From the Officers and 
Brethren of Canada Lodge, Fraternally Presented to The Pride of 
Walton." It was a small token that was well and worthily received. , 
Pride of Walton Lodge now has a Charter, is fully furnished and has 
conducted their own C. of Is. 


While there is another lodge in Kandahar, Canada Lodge is the only 
AF&AM lodge. There are of course AF&AM masons from the world 
over who go to Kandahar, and having no lodge there from their own 
jurisdiction they seek out Canada Lodge. One of these was W Bro 
Lieutenant-Commander Rob Leemans, PM of De Friesche Trouw 
No. 20, Grand Lodge of The Netherlands. As it happened, VW 
Brother Fulford was to be going home once again for a short time , 


and was fretting that there was not another PM in the lodge to sit in 
the E. in his absence. As our fate would have it, W Bro Leemans ar- 
rived in KAF just shortly before the WM left, and he contacted him 
via email. We had not met him yet, but VW Bro Fulford had verified 
his Masonic credentials and indicated that if W Brother Leemans 
attended lodge he was to sit in the East so we could open the lodge. 
Otherwise we could hold only a degree practice. W Brother Leemans 
was serving as a surgeon at Role 3 (the base hospital) and so was un- 
sure if his schedule would permit him to attend. On December 2, 
2010 PM Leemans sat in the E. of Canada Lodge. He began by excus- 
ing his English (which is of course his second language - but spoken 
very well!). He then proceeded to open the lodge from the Book of 
the Work of our jurisdiction. The work of the evening was a degree 
practice. At various points throughout he paused this brother or 
that and asked him to explain the piece of work he had just done and 
what it's significance was. He then expounded on it further himself, 
which proved very educational. When this was complete he offered 
a description of the Craft in his jurisdiction - the Netherlands. This 
prompted brother after brother from jurisdictions across the globe 
to rise in turn and offer the same of theirs. It was by far one of the 
most unique of lodge meetings I have ever attended. I was given an 
account of Masonry from across the globe under the Canadian flag 
that hangs in the E. of Canada Lodge. 

Canada Lodge was initially intended as a Lodge of Discussion for 
soldiers and masons deployed from our jurisdiction. It was quickly 
realized that it must be a lodge for all Canadians deployed, soldier 
or civilian, regardless of jurisdiction. It was then claimed by ma- 
sons, soldiers and men, from across the globe - united under the 
Canadian flag on the L. and by the S. 

Represented in Canada Lodge are brethren from jurisdictions of 
Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Alabama, Ten- 
nessee, Mississippi, California, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Arizona, 
Michigan, Texas, North Carolina, Kentucky, New York, Florida, 
Maryland, The Philippines, New South Wales and ACT Australia, 


South Africa, Japan, Italy, Ireland, England, Scotland, The Neth- 
erlands, Turkey, Germany, and of course brothers made Masons in 
Kandahar, Afghanistan. These brethren all claim Canada Lodge as 
their own with the same sincerity that I do and rightly so. 

The meeting on December 2, 2010 was my last in Canada Lodge and 
I left for home on December 17. Before I left I met once more for cof- 
fee (yes, Tim Horton's) with PM Leemans and we exchanged gifts. 
He gave me a book featuring beautiful photos and descriptions of 
places in the Netherlands and invited me to visit him and his wife 
if I am ever in that country - I think I found my excuse to finally go 
to The Netherlands! I presented him my copy of The Book of The 
Work from our jurisdiction as a memento of his time in the E. at 
Canada Lodge. 

At the following meeting on January 6, 2011 VW Brother Fulford 
was back in Kandahar. PM Leemans opened the lodge and returned 
WM Fulford to the E. in a manner customary in his jurisdiction. 
I have been asked if there were any Afghan brothers I. into the 
lodge. The only locals on the base are interpreters and the like who 
are only on base during the day but must return home in the eve- 
ning. As we meet only in the evening it would not be possible for us 
to I. an Afghan. 

There was a Muslim brother in Canada Lodge however. Canadian 
Brother Captain Paul Trenholm served as Chaplain for several 
meetings before being redeployed out to another base. At the end 
of one meeting, after the VSL had been closed he asked the WM 
if it would be permissible for him to say a prayer in Arabic. VW 
Brother Fulford nodded his head. Brother Trenholm proceeded to 
remove his shoes and knelt on the mosaic pavement facing E. He 
then prayed in Arabic bowing to kiss the ground and rising to lift his 
hands in the air alternately. We all stood in silent reverence. 


Having established ourselves as a lodge, and being the recipients of 

m-:iuTA(.'i : : lodge no. 730 1 puoc'i-xihnus 2011 


Boxes For Hope - Bio Barry Prinak, Deenah Heude- 
bourek, VWBro Rick Fulford 

such an outpouring of assistance and support in the process, it be- 
came a consensus that we would like to leave a lasting legacy in Af- 
ghanistan. It began with a suggestion from Brother Corporal Foster 
Keplay of Alberta that 
we as donate toys to 

Afghan children at the Kftoprffc-*" ~J|p& 
hospital on base. Some 
preliminary research 
revealed that the Ca- 
nadian and American 
governments already 
provide these ser- 
vices. It was signifi- 
cant though because 
it started a conversa- 
tion which resulted in 
the Boxes For Hope 

Campaign which has provided over 100 boxes of school supplies for 
needy children and close to $3,000 which will be used to purchase 
equipment for mixed gender schools in Kandahar. These donations 
have come from brothers from our jurisdiction, from jurisdictions 
across the country as well as from Order of Women's Freemasonry 
and from family and friends of members of Canada Lodge. 


I am still in awe to this day, that I have had the privilege of partaking 
in such a unique and yet profound period of historical significance 
in Masonry in general, and of the Grand Lodge of AF&AM of Can- 
ada in the Province of Ontario in particular. I arrived in Kandahar 
a newly made MM in hopes of sitting on the back bench, learning 
and observing the lessons of the craft. Instead, duty called and I was 
thrust into the chair in the S. To learn, yes - from a great brother 
and mentor: VW Bro Fulford. To observe, yes - the true spirit of 
Masonry in action: L. in the furthest corner of the globe. It is said 
that the motivations for joining the Craft are as varied as the indi- 
viduals of whom it is comprised. As an officer of Canada Lodge I was 

54 I i'i«k'j-;i-;mngs2ou i heritage lodge no. 730 

quickly tasked with meeting potential candidates to inquire of their 
motivation and to prove their worthiness. I learned of many moti- 
vations - all different from my own. Some seek fraternity, some a 
part of what their father, uncle, brother, or grandfather knew. Oth- 
ers, meaning through charity and good works. Why did I seek out 
Masonry? I have always believed that there was the "wisdom of Sol- 
omon" preserved through the ages. I did not know what to call it at 
the time, but I know it now as what we call L. in Masonry. I did not 
seek fraternity - I have a manner of this in my life already by way 
of my Army unit. What I discovered in Canada Lodge was frater- 
nity, true fraternity. With a simplistic request for assistance for the 
lodge I was fielding emails from across the globe - more help than 
could be received. Men I have never met became close consorts. In 
lodge, men of all ranks and no rank, men of varied creed, colour and 
tongue, had an instant bond of brotherhood. 

I recall standing outside the door of Chai House on numerous occa- 
sions after setting up lodge and chatting with a brother or two and 
wondering who would come that night. Out of the dusty shadows 
a figure would emerge and approach, an unsure glance would be 
exchanged as the brother would wonder if he had found the right 
place and we would wonder if he were brother or not. "Do you trav- 
el East?" I'd call, and soon we'd be welcoming a new brother into 
lodge. Many were only passing through KAF on their way to or from 
another base or FOB and were truly grateful for this reprieve of 
brotherhood. Instantly they were at home in a familiar place in a 
strange land. 

Some went through great lengths to get to lodge. Our Pilipino breth- 
ren (who I named earlier) worked as electrical engineers on Camp 
Hero (an Afghan National Army base next to KAF). At first they 
had passes to get on base and they travelled in a pickup truck (with 
no armour), risking attack by the Taliban as they travelled unpro- 
tected to attend lodge on the base. At one point their passes expired 
and while they were waiting for them to be renewed, an Australian 
brother, the always affable Brother Mearns, smuggled them on and 


off base to attend lodge. He recounted to me - with some humour 
- how they came close to being discovered one time. Before com- 
pleting this story I must impress upon you how much the Afghan 
people appreciate water. Being an arid country, bottled drinking 
water which NATO soldiers consume daily is rather valued. It was 
late one night after lodge and they were returning to Camp Hero. 
Brother Mearns covered our Pilipino brothers in the back of his 
SUV. As they approached the gate the Afghan guard (who normally 
waved him through because he knew him) indicated he would like to 
search the back of the vehicle. Being quick on his feet (as he is), our 
brother dismounted. He opened the rear hatch and took out a case 
of bottled water which he tossed at the guard (knowing he would 
catch it and not let it go). The guard stood calling to him to stop - 
clutching the case of water. "You're welcome mate! Any time." he 
called back as he sped through the gate. 

These were the brethren I had the privilege of knowing and sitting 
in lodge with. 

More than a century ago, Brother Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem 
about a military lodge titled "The Mother-Lodge". I discovered this 
little poem upon returning home and found a growing lump in my 
throat while reading it. He writes of brothers from a military lodge 
in this same land long ago and describes the same fraternal bonds of 
diverse brothers that meant so much to me. 
He wrote: 


THERE was Rundle, Station Master, 

An' Beazeley of the Rail, 

An' 'Ackman, Commissariat, 

An' Donkin' o' the Jail; 

An' Blake, Conductor-Sergeant, 

Our Master twice was ( e, 

With im that kept the Europe-shop, 

OldFramjee Eduljee. 

Outside - " Sergeant! Sir! Salute! Salaam! 

Inside - 'Brother," an' it doesn't do no 'arm. 

We met upon the Level an' we parted on the Square, 

An' I was junior Deacon in my Mother-Lodge out there! 

We'dBola Nath, Accountant, 

An' Saul the Aden Jew, 

An' Din Mohammed, draughtsman 

Of the Survey Office too; 

There was Babu Chuckerbutty, 

An' Amir Singh the Sikh, 

An' Castro from thefittin'-sheds, 

The Roman Catholick! 

We 'adn 't good regalia, 

An' our Lodge was old an' bare, 

But we knew the Ancient Landmarks, 

An' we kep' 'em to a hair; 

An' lookin'on it backwards 

It often strikes me thus, 

There ain't such things as infidels, 

Excep', per'aps, it's us. 

For monthly, after Labour, 

We'd all sit down and smoke 

(We dursn't give no banquets, 

Lest a Brother's caete were broke), 

An ' man on man got talkin' 

Religion an' the rest, 

An' every man comparin' 


Of the God 'c knew the best. 

So man on man got talking 

An ' not a Brother stirred 

Till mornin' waked the parrots 

An' that dam' brain-fever-bird. 

We'd say 'twas 'ighly curious, 

An' we'd all ride 'ome to bed, 

With Mo'ammed, God, an' Shiva 

Chang in' pickets in our ( ead. 

Full oft on Guv'ment service 

This rovin'foot ( ath pressed, 

An ' bore fraternal greetin 's 

To the Lodges east an' west, 

Accordin'as commanded. 

From Kohat to Singapore, 

But I wish that I might see them 

In my Mother-Lodge once more! 

I wish that I might see them, 

My Brethren black an' brown, 

With the trichies smellin' pleasant 

An ' the hog -darn pass in' down; 

An' the old khansamah snorin' 

On the bottle-khana floor, 

Like a Master in good standing 

With my Mother-Lodge once more. 

Outside - Sergeant! Sir! Salute! Salaam!' 

Inside- Brother," an' it doesn't do no 'arm. 

We met upon the Level an' we parted on the Square, 

An' I was Junior Deacon in my Mother-Lodge out there! 

In another early email to a friend I wrote of Canada Lodge that 
we hoped "to create a place of civility in an otherwise very uncivil 
place." This is exactly what it became for me. Away from the insan- 
ity of war we sat behind tyled door, men of mixed creed and reli- 
gion in peace and harmony. Outside the door of the lodge was the 
dark chaos of war; inside the door of the lodge was order, civility, 
and light. 






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Brother CorporaUoseph F. Curry, Kandahar, Afghanistan 2010 





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The First Canadian Masonic 
Lodge in Afghanistan 

Canada Lodge U.D. Afghanistan 

By R.W. Bro. William J. Lewis 

The opening of the first Canadian Masonic Lodge in Afghanistan 
is the culmination of over 5 years of efforts. Initially conceived by 
the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of 
Ontario in 2005, Most Worshipful Brother Gary L. Atkinson, who 
formed a small Ad Hoc Committee of Worshipful Brother Bill East- 
wood, Worshipful Brother Andrew Pollock, and Right Worshipful 
Brother Ralph Morgan to look into the possibility of having a Ca- 
nadian Lodge where Canadian Masons who are serving in the Ca- 
nadian Forces in Afghanistan would have a place to meet and enjoy 


Box for working tools crafted by Bro. Larry Cooper, Twin City 509, G.R.C 

some fellowship. The work continued under the guidance of the 
next Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Dr. Allan J. Petrisor, 
who added Col William J. (Bill) Lewis to chair the Ad Hoc Commit- 
tee, and has finally opened with the great assistance of the present 
Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Raymond S.J. Daniels. All 
of this would not have been possible without finding a Mason who 
had previously been the Master of a Lodge. Right Worshipful Broth- 
er Bill Lewis and Worshipful Brother Wayne Fraser approached 
Worshipful Brother Rick Fulford of Brighton, Ontario, a civilian 
working under contract at Kandahar Air Field, who quickly agreed 
to assume the duties of the first Master of this Lodge in Afghanistan. 

Lodges operate under a Warrant from the Grand Lodge, and the 
Lodge in Afghanistan, designated Canada Lodge U.D. is operating 
under the Warrant of Trent Lodge #38 from Trenton, Ontario - the 
home lodge of the District Deputy Grand Master for Prince Edward 
District for 2009-2010, Right Worshipful Brother Bill Lewis. Cana- 
da Lodge U.D. exists for the sole purpose of providing a place for ma- 
sons from any of the jurisdictions recognized by the Grand Lodge of 
Canada in the Province of Ontario to meet, and at the 2010 Annual 


Communication was granted permission to initiate new members, 
initially as members of Trent Lodge #38, and on returning to Can- 
ada, to affiliate with a 
Lodge in their area. 

As you can imagine, 
many individuals 
and groups have con- 
tributed to Canada 
Lodge U.D. Under 
the guidance of Most 
Worshipful Brother 
Daniels, two very ac- 
complished crafts- 
men have prepared 
some the artefacts 
necessary to open a 
Lodge. Brother Harry 
Cooper from Petro- 
lia in Sarnia District 
(Liberty Lodge #419), 
who is also a William 

Mercer Wilson medal recipient, prepared many finely crafted items 
in brass. And Brother Larry Cooper (no relation) from Waterloo 
District (Twin City Lodge #509) prepared many exquisite items in 
wood for the Lodge. Photos of their work appear below. 

An exquisite altar cloth was donated by Canada Lodge No. 532 in 
Ajax, and many have contributed aprons for our brethren, includ- 
ing masons from Eastern District, Prince Edward District, and 
Frontenac District. The officer's collars and aprons, as well as a 
Jacob's Ladder, were donated the former Temple Lodge in Prince 
Edward District. And the masons of Alberta have been very active 
in fundraising in order to donate a mosaic pavement (fundraising 
spearheaded by W. Bro. JeffSchoonmaker), plus swords and wands 
(Edmonton Preceptory No. 46), a Tracing Board (Highlands Unity 


Lodge No. 168), 3 degree Lecture Boards (Alberta Rose No. 52), a 
rough and perfect ashlar (Alberta Rose No. 52), a letter G (W. Bro. 
Rick Kampjes), and initiation clothing (Alberta Rose No. 52). 

There is a long histo- 
ry of military lodges 
throughout the his- 
tory of Canada and 
the United States, 
and many promi- 
nent military figures 
have been masons. 
Of note, at the Roy- 
al Military College 
of Canada is Currie 
Hall, named after 
General Sir Arthur 
Currie. General Cur- 
rie was also District 
Deputy Grand Mas- 
ter, in 1905 in Victo- 
ria District. During 
the First World War, 
many servicemen 
were Freemasons, 
and attended many 
lodges in England and France. Of note, one memorable meeting of 
Canada Lodge during the war took place on April 23, 1918 when 3 no- 
table Brethren were present, R.W. Bro. Sir Arthur W. Currie, K.C.B., 
K.C.M.G, Corps Commander, Canadian Expeditionary Force, W. 
Bro. Sir Richard Turner, V.C., K.G.B., K.C.M.G, D.S.O., Commander, 
II Division, C.E.F., and W. Bro. Sir David Watson, K.C.B., C.M.G., 
Commander, IV Division, C.E.F 


Pillars crafted by Bro. Larry Cooper, Twin City 509, 

The first meeting of Canada Lodge was held on March 4th, 2010, and 
was attended by Masons from both Canada and the United States. 


The meetings will be held on the First and Third Thursdays of each 
month, except when Worshipful Brother Fulford is home on vaca- 
tion. In addition to these formal meetings, the opening of Canada 
Lodge has provided introductions throughout Kandahar Air Field, 
and many of the serving masons now frequently informally meet - a 
very welcome diversion from the other activities. 

Interest in Canada Lodge continues to grow, with inquiries and 
congratulatory notes received from masons throughout North 
America, and even from many other countries. It is Worshipful 
Brother Fulford's vision that the momentum that is growing in sup- 
port of Canada Lodge indicates that Canada Lodge will most prob- 
ably continue, even after the planned departure of Canadian Forces 
personnel in 2011. For their efforts in support of Canada Lodge U.D., 
R.W. Bro. Bill Lewis and W. Bro. Rick Fulford received Grand Lodge 
commendations at the Grand Master's reception held in Frontenac 


Bath 2010 

Wor. Master, Most Worshipful the Grand Master, 
Right Worshipful the District Deputy Grand Master 

and my Brethren 

Welcome to United Empire Loyalist Country. I have been 

asked to talk to you today about the history of masonry in 

this area which has been referred to in volume I of "The 

History of Free Masonry in Canada" as the "The Cradle 

of Masonry in Ontario" 


History Has often been disputed whether it is an Art or a Science. 
The dictionary says that it is the knowledge gained by inquiry, nar- 
ration of what is learnt, knowing, acquainted, versed in, and one 
who knows. Unfortunately I fill none of those properties but I do 
feel that Masonry, being a Science, that what we can learn about the 
past and that what happens in the future should be recorded and 
past on to our successors to encourage them to record the happen- 
ings of the Craft we love so much. 

I am endeavoring to cover the history of Maple Leaf Lodge and Ma- 
sonry in Bath by reading the minute books back to our beginning, 
1859, hoping first to locate the different places we have held our 
meetings in and about some of the issues that the lodge has faced 
in the past both serious and what might be considered not serious, 
but amusing. 

Reading the minute books it tells us about what has taken place 
in the lodge room and rarely mentions any-thing about what has 
taken place outside the Lodge. Every meeting starts with the date 
and states where the meeting was held, and I quote from our old re- 
cords, in the lodge room Bath Ontario, but never the location, This 


has made locating every place that we have met in difficult, espe- 
cially the period between 1865 and the 1880'. 

I would like to take you back and touch lightly on some of the things 
that affected life here in Bath. 

This areas first visitors were French traders and explorers, who were 
on reasonably friendly terms with the Huron's. Early in the 16605, 
Samuel de Chaplain left Quebec with a party of men, plus Huron 
Guides and warriors to explore and gather furs through this area 
now called Eastern Ontario. The Iroquois, who were more friendly 
with the British, had been harassing the French fur traders and the 
Huron's were anxious to meet them in battle, with the help of the 
French with their guns. They met their enemies near Lake Oneida 
with the Iroquois retreated to their 30 foot palisades. Champlain 
was wounded in the leg with an arrow and his party had to retreat 
north and passed through this area up either traveling up the Napa- 
nee River or the Salmon River, depending on which history book is 

Eastern Ontario was virtually deserted and offered a buffer zone be- 
tween the Warring Huron's who had moved West to the Lake Sim- 
coe, Georgian Bay area and the Iroquois who were mainly south of 
the St. Lawrence River in New York State which kept them sepa- 

The great Explorer LaSalle was another famous explorer to visit 
this area. He spent some time here in what now is Centennial Park 
or possibly the Marina, resting on his trip to discover what turned 
out to be the Mississippi River and New Orleans. 

The French were the only Europeans in this area at that time made 
big mistakes in their relationship with the Indians such as when 
they attacked an Indian Village near Hay Bay and captured alive five 
Indians which they sent back to France for entertainment. 


Another was in 1687 when they had assembled 2,000 troops in Fort 
Frontenac and invited the Iroquois to a feast. It was, in fact, a trap 
and oddly, most of the 120 Iroquois taken prisoners, as spies for 
the British, were friendly Christians and earned their living hunt- 
ing and fishing. They were eventually sent to Quebec City, the men 
were used as galley slaves and the women and children were sent to 
missions in the area. 

The British eventually arrived and captured Fort Frontenac in 1758 
and established a military base there in 1783. This proved to be 
handy for the arrival of the new settlers. Ancient St. Johns Lodge 
No.3 was already operating in Kingston. 

I wanted you to get a feeling for what this area was like before the 
coming of the United Empire Loyalist and the first masons West of 

Basically it was deserted with thick forests with clean water and 
land, once cleared, where food and cattle could be raised. It became 
the bread basket for Kingston. 

This area has been referred to as part of many different names and, 
just to clarify this. In 1784 when the first settlers arrived it was 
known as Quebec. In 1791, "The Canada Act" laid the groundwork 
for the division of Quebec into Upper and Lower Canada. In 1840, 
"The Act Of Union" lead to the amalgamation of Upper and Lower 
Canada into "Canada East" and "Canada West" and this area be- 
came Canada West. 

Our Lodge's Logo, that you see on the pin you received today was 
taken from an old wax sealer and is inscribed, C.W. for Canada West 
as we were known eight years before Confederation. 

Confederation, in 1867, saw Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick 
and Quebec unite and form our great country of Canada. 


Masonry in this area started with the arrival of the United Empire 
Loyalist who fled, or were forced to leave their homes in the new 
country of the United States of America. 

The American Revolution 1776 

King George III [House of Hanover] was born in England and spoke 
English as his first language. He suffered from Mental Illness, which 
sent him into fits of anger and rages at times, but it was really a 
blood disorder called Porphyria, a disease that caused Blindness 
and Senility, treatable today but it eventually drove him completely 
mad before his death in 1820. Perhaps, if they could have treated for 
this illness, history may have been different today. But it affected 
our area in a big way. 

King George and his wife, Charlotte Sophia, had 15 children. And 
many of the names you will hear mentioned in this area bear Ger- 
man names such as Fredricksburg, Adolphustown and Emestown, 
which was named after his 8th son, are just a few of them. 

With the signing of the "Treaty of Paris" [which King George strong- 
ly opposed,] but with the French already on the side of the Ameri- 
can Patriots and the Spanish threatening to do the same, England 
not wanting to go to war with them, the treaty was signed. 

George Washington entered New York on November 25th, 1783, 
and the decision was made to evacuate all U.E.L. including the 7,550 
Loyalists from New York and those Loyalists living in the Hudson 
Valley, among them were loyal Masons. 

In all, over 50,000 Loyalist were forced to leave, plus thousand of 
British Troops. Thirty Thousand went to Nova Scotia, 13,000 to 
the West Indies, Bermuda and England and the remaining 7,500 to 
Quebec which included 4,000 who settled in this area as we were 
part of Quebec at that time. 

To facilitate the evacuation of Loyalists heading to Canada, the Brit- 


ish Commander Sir Guy Carelton formed the families into Compa- 
nies of Associated Loyalists under the leadership of Captains, who 
probably had some military connection, but mostly they were just 
ordinary citizens loyal to the crown. 

Groups like the Jessop Rangers and the 84th Regiment of the Kings 
New York Royal Rangers were among the first to arrive in this area. 
The first group of 400 settlers were United Empire Loyalists who 
had left their homes, farms and most of their possession and spent 
the miserable winter of 1783/84 in a hastily assembled refugee camp 
in Sorel, Quebec. 

In the spring of 1784, they headed up the St. Lawrence in Large row 
boats called Bateaux [they have been described as today's 2 1/2 ton 
trucks] but with no motors, and they also had to be carried. With 
their children and the few possessions that they were able to take 
with them they had to portage around the many different rapids 
that were along the St. Lawrence, [before the St. Lawrence Seaway 
was built] at Long Sault, Prescott and Brockville areas just to name 
a few. It had to be very exhausting work but the thought of having 
free and safe land to build on, urged them on. 

The year before the British had purchased this area, which was orig- 
inally Huron Territory, from the Mississauga Indians, 'the price', 
keeping the Indian Chief and his family, clothed for life. They had 
already started clothing them the winter before and obviously the 
Chief was satisfied. 

Just a note on that. On Tues., June 8th, the City of Toronto settled 
with the Mississauga Indians for $145 Million dollars for the Land 
in the greater Toronto area around Port Credit, where the Misis- 
sauga Indians lived, and much of Toronto today [over 100,000 hect- 
ares] The land was purchased, in two signed treaties, from the Mis- 
sissauga Indians in the 18408 for basically trinkets. After which the 
Tribe moved to their current reserve in Hagersville. 


With only 1900 left in the Tribe, they each will each receive $20,000, 
plus the bulk of the money was put in trust for Education and other 
Community needs.) 

After purchasing the land, the British had to rush in soldiers, who 
were stationed in Kingston, plus the surveyors to survey the land 
for the arrival of the U.E.L. Unfortunately it was not completed in 
time, partly due to the fact the chief surveyor became very ill, but 
they did have the major lots along the waterfront completed. It took 
a few years before all the settlers received their land. 

To facilitate the evacuation of Loyalists heading to Canada, the Brit- 
ish Commander Sir Guy Carelton formed the families into Compa- 
nies of Associated Loyalists under the leadership of Captains, who 
probably had some military connection, but mostly they were just 
ordinary citizens loyal to the crown. 

The U.E.L. settlers were greeted on landing on June 16th 1784, by 
soldiers, surveyors and friendly Indians. The land was assigned in a 
very civilized manner. A lottery was held with the names of Loyalist 
drawn from a hat and from another hat they drew their numbered 

Jeptha Hawley whose home still stands just to the West of us on the 
south side of Main Street, was one of the first to clear his land and 
eventually ended up with 11 00 acres. 

A re-enactment of the Landing is held in the park on the water in 
Adolphustown every year and is usually held on the Saturday clos- 
est to the actual date June 16th., The date this year was last Satur- 
day June 19th. 

One interesting story is about an U.E.L. who had to flee his home in 
the Hudson Valley because a cousin had denounced him as a Loyal- 
ist. He ended up in Belleville and built a new home there and his 
cousin confiscated his old home in the Hudson Valley as his reward 


for turning him in. 

He completed his new home but did not put any doors or trim on 
the inside. When he heard his cousin had gone away on an extended 
visit, along with a friend, he proceeded to go back with a wagon to 
his old home and removed all the trim and doors, etc. that he needed 
and installed them in his new home in Belleville. 

The lot we are now meeting in is Lot No. 10 and it had been surveyed 
in 1784 and the southern portion was designated to be the Village of 
Ernestown and the roads were laid out by a Masonic Brother named 

The Village's name was later changed, and in 1812 it became Bath. 
Again in 1859 it was incorporated as the Village of Bath which just 
happened to be the same year that Maple Leaf Lodge was founded. 
With a further incorporation we are now classed as a ward but other 
than they are not celebrating their 150th year with us, the Post Of- 
fice, and the Village are still referred to as The Village of Bath. 

Masonry in Bath 

The first Lodge to meet in this area was held in Finkle Tavern in the 
west end of the Village which is now a small park. Henry Finkle, the 
owner, visited The Ancient St. Johns Lodge No. 3 in Kingston on 
June 7, 1798 and signed the register that he was from Lodge No. 7 
Ernestown, which we assumed was an Irish Lodge. From a drawing 
the Tavern was a small place and apparently the lodge met in a room 

In 1802 a group was organized to make arrangements to open a 
lodge called St. John's Lodge. In 1803 they received a Warrant from 
the Provincial Grand Master, William Jarvis, permission to open a 
lodge No. 13 in Ernestown, just a number, no name, in the County of 
Addington, Upper Canada with Wor. Bro. Cottier as Master. 

The minutes of the meeting of March 6th 1816 gave the lodge as No. 


13 and on April 10th, 1816, they called it Addington Lodge No. 13 and 
Wor. Bro. Cottier was the Master. It was later that it became, Add- 
ington Lodge No 760. 

In 1812 a new building was erected, and was reported to be, the first 
hall erected in Central Ontario for the purposes of Masonry. A fire 
in June 1821, destroyed the hall which had been erected on Lodge 
Street. The Tylers wife was reported to be baking pies when the fire 

Three years later in 1824 they built an impressive new stone build- 
ing on Academy Street, but due to lack of members or interest, by 
1832, they were renting it out to the health board, it fell into disre- 
pair and eventually had to be taken down and a home for a member 
of the Davy family was built on the property. 

The Cornerstone was actually placed over the front door and in- 
scribed Addington Lodge No. 760 A.L. 5824. 

Addington Lodge The Lodge that sounded the 
keynote for an Independent Grand Lodge in Canada 

In 1792 H.R.H. Prince Edward [Father of Queen Victoria] was 
named Provincial Grand Master of Lower Canada with the power to 
issue Warrants and R. Wor. Bro William Jarvis was named Provin- 
cial Grand Master of Upper Canada but with the authority to issue 
dispensations only. 

In 1817 A Bro. John Dean, who was later to become Master of Add- 
ington Lodge, wanting to change this system, he was a leading figure 
in the forming of the Grand Lodge in Upper Canada which later was 
to become The Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

On August 20th 1822. The Lodge received a letter from The Pro- 
vincial Grand Lodge appointing Bro. John Dean Provincial Grand 
Secretary in honor of his work. 



He had good taste also, on Jan. 5th 1819, Bro. Dean and seconded by 
Bro. Cottier offered a motion that the "refreshments in this lodge 
for the future be Cider, Beer, Cakes and Cheese; except a majority 
for the time being may choose something else." It was carried unan- 
imously. This surprised everyone as both Dean and Cottier were 
known as very temperate men. 

The War of 1812 

As to the war of 1812 the Americans, thinking themselves as lib- 
erators, even General Isaac Brock thought they might be greeted 
friendly by the residents, but after an inspection realized that Cana- 
dians wanted no part of it. The American Fleet of five ships, Led by 
"The Oneida", chased the British ship "The Royal George", a 24-gun 
and a valuable, but slow schooner, through the western gap where 
local Militia had placed gun emplacements on Amherst Island and 
along the shores of Bath which enabled the Royal George to escaped 
to Kingston and it moored near the causeway. There were some 
shots fired. 

There is a report that a cannon ball that was fired, hit a post on the 
verandah of a home in Bath known as the Huff place on the other 
side of the bay and took a gouge out of it. It is said that the gouge is 
still in the post where it still stands today and the cannon ball is in 
the Bath Museum in the Old Town Hall just west of here. In 1813, 
The Americans did land in Bath. A raiding party landed undetected 
at Dawn and burned the Benjamin Davy as it sat at anchor. 

On the July 1st, 2012 weekend, there will be a large re-enactment 
taking place along the Lake from Kingston over to Adolphustown. It 
should be a great show as David Smith, local historian, is planing to 
follow what really happened during the battle and will have 6 sloops 
re-enacting the chase of The Royal George into Kingston. 

On June 6, 1813 the pivotal Battle of Stony Creek began when 700 
British and Canadian Militia invaded the American Troops camped 
there and drove them back to Fort George and the later the battle of 


Queenston Heights saw the Niagara peninsula returned to Upper 
Canada. This eventually lead to the Americans realizing we did not 
want to be liberated from the British. 

Emestown [Bath] was a thriving community as most travel to Kings- 
ton was along Bath Road or by boat. Ships from Belleville would take 
people on cruises stopping along the way not only in Bath but on 
Amherst Island at Emerald and Stella boarding and embarking pas- 
sengers on their way to Kingston. "The Frontenac" built in Bath was 
the first steamship to be built on Lake Ontario. Goods were brought 
from Montreal and exchanged for locally grown food and business 
was great. The road through the village was busy with stage coaches 
and oxen driven wagons and it was an exciting place for the people 
in those days. 

But Alas, two things happened. In 1832 the York toll Road was built 
with five toll booths [5 cents a stop] ran from Napanee to Kings- 
ton. Followed by, in the 1850s' the railroad was constructed [both 
of these just north of the village] it has left the village a proud but 
struggling place. The railroad wanted to be closer to the water but 
could not get the land near the village as it was owned by the Davy 
Family who had built several homes on the north side of Academy 

The Emestown Academy originally built in 1811, on Academy street 
now called the Bath Academy is the third such building and was 
built in 1911. From its beginning It was regarded as having devel- 
oped some of the finest minds for the Bar and Church and housed 
the first Public Library in Ontario and also the first public school. 
Today it is a private home and Art studio. Bath is growing. 
The census in 2006 reported a population of 1,801 residents in 798 
dwellings in Bath and we probably have closer to 2,300 today. We 
have a group called "The Bath Revitalization Committee" which is 
working hard, trying to turn things around. They just finished beau- 
tifying Centennial Park. Next will be a wading pool and playground 
for the children next to the fireball. Apparently the little beach we 


have in the park is polluted and is not safe for swimmers because of 
the geese population. 

Maple Leaf Lodge No. 119 G.R.C. 

Maple Leaf Lodge No. 119. The first unrecorded meeting was held on 
June 24th 1859 and the warrant was issued on Sept 23rd, 1860. The 
first meeting was held on October 27th, 1859 and the officers were 
installed. The Master was Wor. Bro. B. C. Davy and installations in 
future were to be held on Dec 27th, St. John the Evangelist Day. Fol- 
lowing the Installation The District Grand Secretary read a dispen- 
sation from the D.D.G.M. empowering the brethren of Maple Leaf 
Lodge and the visiting Brethren to walk in procession through the 
principal streets of the Village. They were led by a Grand Marshall 
and the Kingston City Band. 

We do know the first location was just across the street in one of two 
buildings called the Rodgers Buildings, long ago torn down. The 
lodge started looking for new quarters after a visit by the D.D.G.M. 
in 1865 when he suggested that they move to, quote, "cleaner quar- 
ters". Later the minutes show we were paying rent to a R. Kennedy 
and had moved in 1871. 1875, the dues were increased from $2.00 to 

In 1886 The District Deputy R. Wor. Bro. Fred Welch in his report 
to Grand Lodge in 1887 noted that a suit-able Hall is leased by the 
Lodge. Yet In the minutes of 1886 and 1887 there is no mention of a 
new hall or even a lease and rent continues to be paid to R. Kennedy. 
We do know that Rodrick Kennedy owned the The Layercake Hall, 
called that because during a short period in 1925 the Presbyterians 
met downstairs and the Anglicans upstairs for 6 months while their 
new church was built [the old one had burnt down when the mem- 
bers set a controlled grass fire that got out of hand and burned the 
original wooden church down. 

It was originally the Mechanics Building and it was home to Maple 
Leaf Lodge from at least 1887 till 1911 when the Lodge moved into 


its current location formerly known as the E.D. Priest Store and 
built in circa 1820. The new hall had been used, at different times, 
as a school, hotel and it is reported that "The famous Shoshonee 
Indian Remedy" was manufactured in this building. It was owned 
by Mrs. Davy, who sold the property which included a fenced stable 
out back, to the Lodge in 1910 for $750.00. 

The lodge only had $600.00 in the bank and they first asked the 
members to pay their dues right away and they took out a bank loan 
for $200.00 which took 10 years to pay off. They moved into our 
current location on October 11 to 1911. 

The building is a two story heritage building, circa 1820, of the 
"Commercial Regency Style," a style that was probably first built 
in India and brought to Canada by the British. The verandah had 
dual purpose use as, with no running water or sewers in those days, 
the people living upstairs over their stores etc. could walk out and 
throw dish water, or other things, out on to the street and people 
walking underneath would not get wet or soiled. 

The Main street of Bath was lined on the North side by several of 
these buildings, but a disastrous fire on a freezing Boxing day 1942 
saw the others destroyed and the Masonic Hall is the last of its type 
in the village. The water was apparently frozen and they had no 
choice but to let them burn. 

An addition to the East side of the building, which featured the 
stage, was added in 1927 for $1,500.00, the plans called for extend- 
ing the kitchen Eastward and to correspond and provide for Lava- 
tories. Concerts, plays, weddings and showers etc. were held in this 
building, it originally had doors on the side of the stage, for the ac- 
tors, dancers etc. to enter or leave by and the change rooms eventu- 
ally became the washrooms but not till much later. 

A mortgage was entered into for $1,700.00 and was paid off in 1945. 
Water arrived in the village in 1953 and the lodge was paying $95.00 


a year taxes in 1962 for the water mains in the Village. They finally 
became washrooms in a later renovation in 1978 and water was add- 
ed with the pipes running above ground under the stage. 

The jutting out section that is on the right side [east side] of the 
back door as you go out was the outhouse, used until 1978 when the 
building was then hooked up to the water and sewers. Total cost 

A further major renovation has just been completed at a cost of 
more than a $165,000 dollars, closer to $180,000. When discussing 
whether to go ahead with such a large project, it was felt that the 
Hall had too many memories for us to just let it go to ruin and, being 
such an important part of the history of the Village it was decided to 
go ahead. 

Thanks go to Wor. Bro. McDonald and V.Wor. Bro. Simpkins for 
the hours and hours spent on the project, and especially to our late 
member Bro, Charles Young who made it all possible. 
Two other Lodges who have been welcomed additions to our home. 
A special addition to Maple Leaf Lodge was a Lodge, who shared 
our building from 2001, Prince Arthur Lodge No. 228. They have 
since amalgamated with Maple Leaf Lodge on Dec. 10th, 2007, it has 
proved to be an excellent partnership which has added strength to 
Maple Leaf Lodge. 

Their former home for 137 years was in Odessa which was formerly 
named Mill Creek and in 1855 was re-named Odessa, to commemo- 
rate the siege of that city by the British Fleet in the Crimean War. 
Our current master is W. Bro. Gordon Mylks who has also served as 
Master of Prince Arthur Lodge, several times. 

The other one is Templum Fidelis Lodge No.746. Based on the "Tra- 
ditional Observance Model "on the current practices as in many 
European Masonic Lodges and had found fertile minds in the Unit- 
ed States a few years ago. Templum Fidelis Lodge is dedicated to the 


principles, the first of its kind in Canada Our own R.W. Bro. Thomas 
Hogeboom served as its first Master. 

I have talked to you today about just a few things that have hap- 
pened in Bath and to Maple Leaf Lodge but there is much more. We 
will be publishing shortly a history book called "The History of Free 
Masonry in Bath". 

Our plan was to wait until after your visit here today before we do 
go to publication as your visit here today is a very important part of 
our Sesquicentennial celebration. I hope you will get chance to read 
and enjoy it. 

Maple Leaf Lodge owes its success to so many members. 

Men like R. W. Bro. Northmore who served as Master eight times 
when the membership was only in 20s R. W. Bro. Thomas Hoge- 
boom, Member of the Board and five time Master of this lodge and 
the man behind organizing this wonderful and most enjoyable year 
of our remembrance. 

Others are The Davy Family whose names are imbedded in our his- 
tory. The Sharpes, Caugheys, Simpkins, McDonald, Collins, Well 
banks, Thornton, Sararas. These are but just a few of the many who 
have served this lodge well and continue to do so today. 

There is a very special member here today, V.W. Bro. Jack Roblin, 
our oldest living member. He joined on June 26th, 1944, 66 years 
ago, today, his dues were $3.00 and he is still working for the lodge 
and is currently our Inner Guard. 

Before you leave today we plan to "bury" our time capsule to be opened 
in 2059 on the 200th Anniversary of Maple Leaf Lodge No. 119. 

J am happy to say Masonry is alive 
and well and living in Bath 




Worshipful Master 

Immediate Past Master 

Senior Warden 


Junior Warden 














Assistant Secretary 







Secretary Emeritus 

Senior Deacon 






Junior Deacon 

Director of Ceremonies 

Inner Guard 

prince. selvaraj 

Senior Steward 

Junior Steward 





















Grand Master M.W. Bro. Raymond S. J. Daniels 

Deputy Grand Master R.W. Bro. D. Garry Dowling 

Grand Secretary. M.W. Bro. Terence Shand 

Grand Registrar R.W. Bro. M. P. J. McConnell 



Chips Editor Sheldon Kofsky 905-562-8269 

Educational & Program Planning 

Donald B. Kaufman 


Editorial Board (Editor) 

W. Bruce Miller 


Black Creek Masonic Heritage 

Arnold McCausland 


Heritage Corporation 

E. J. Burns Anderson 


W. J. Dunlop Award 

Carl M. Miller 



James Kirk- White 



Allan MacGregor 
Donald Thornton 



Brethren: the Officers of Heritage Lodge have been working very 
hard to restructure the Regional Liaison Representatives for the 
Districts of our Grand Jurisdicton. 

Heritage Lodge Regional Liaison Representatives 

District Liaison Representative 

Algoma, Algoma East Vacant - to be filled 

Nipigon E.; Tamiskaming Vacant - to be filled 

Muskoka-Parry Sound Vacant - to be filled 

Sudbury-Manitoulin R.W. Bro. David Bell 

Waterloo R.W. Bro. George Napper 

Wellington; Grey; Georgian North; Georgian South Vacant - to be filled 

Huron N.; Huron S.; Bruce Vacant - to be filled 

Wilson N.; Wilson S.; St. Thomas; London E.; London W... Vacant - to be filled 

Sarnia; Chatham; Erie; Windsor Vacant - to be filled 

Western 1 Vacant - to be filled 

Ottawa 1; Ottawa 2; Eastern; St. Lawrence; Frontenac 

R.W. Bro. M. E.(Sonny) Clark 

Prince Edward; Ontario; Victoria; Peterborough.. ..R.W Bro. Robert McBride 

Hamilton A; Hamilton B; Hamilton C V.W. Bro. William Brimer 

Niagara A; Niagara B; Brant .V.W. Bro. Richard Simpson 

Toronto Don Valley. R.W. Bro. Alan Donovan 

Toronto East R.W. Bro. Allan Dvorak 

Toronto Humber Valley R.W Bro. Victor Codato 

Toronto West W Bro. Brian Hyllier 

York .W Bro. Steven Pickard 

Regional Liaison Representative Chairman: 

R.W. Bro. Peter Irwin, a Past Master of Heritage Lodge No.730 has 
been appointed to act as Chairman of the Regional Liaison Repre- 
sentatives and can be contacted at the following. 

R.W. Bro. Peter Irwin 

39 Bloomsgrove Ave., Port Hope, Ontario, L1A 1X3 905-885-2018 


If you can assist as a Representative in one Districts that show a Vacancy, please 
feel free to contact R. W. Br. Peter Irwin or the secretary. Some of the Duties of 
a Regional Liaison Representative will be to make yourself aware of the Objec- 
tives and Mandate of Heritage Lodge. During your fraternal visits with Lodges 
in your area to make other brethren aware of Heritage Lodge. Also being famil- 
iar with your area you may know a brother or brethren who are good speakers 
that may wish to present a paper to Heritage Lodge. You may also be requested 
by the secretary to assist in locating a member of Heritage Lodge who has not 
been heard from in some time. Applications for Affiliation to Heritage Lodge 
will be made available to you so that you can distribute them to the District 
Deputy Grand Masters of the area and those that express an interest in Heri- 
tage Lodge. Your assistance will help to contribute to the continued success of 
OUR Heritage Lodge No. 730 GRC. 


Volume 34 2011 


We have been notified of the following members of 

The Heritage Lodge No. 730, G.R.C. 

Who have Passed to the Grand Lodge Above 

(since the previous publication of the names of our deceased.) 

We give thanks for the privilege of knowing them and sharing their lives. 

GORDON L. W. FINBOW ( 672 ) 

Past Master of Heritage Lodge No. 730 G.R.C. of 1998 

Huntsville, Ontario Unity Lodge No. 376 G.R.C 

Passed to the Grand Lodge above May 06, 2011 


RR# 2 Kemble, Ontario Burns Lodge No.476 G.R.G 
Passed to the Grand Lodge above July 14, 2010 


Ottawa, Ontario Prince of Wales Lodge No. 371 G.R.C 

Passed to the Grand Lodge above April 16, 2011 


Wellington, Ontario Universe Lodge No. 705 G.R.C. 

Passed to the Grand Lodge above June 8, 2011 


RR# 1 Erin, Ontario Wellington Lodge No. 271 G.R.C. 
Passed to the Grand Lodge above December 10, 2010 



London, Ontario Oakridge Lodge No. 708 G.R.C 
Passed to the Grand Lodge above July 14, 2011 


Perth, Ontario True Britton's Lodge No.14 

Passed to the Grand Lodge above September 23, 2010 


Ottawa, Ontario The Builders Lodge No.177 G.R.C. 

Passed to the Grand Lodge above March 14, 2011 


Oshawa, Ontario Cedar Lodge No. 270 G.R.C. 

Passed to the Grand Lodge above July 02, 2010 


Omemee, Ontario Somerville Lodge No. 451 G.R.C. 

Passed to the Grand Lodge above December 30, 2011 

NELSON KING ( Life Member ) 

Toronto, Ontario Birchcliffe Lodge No. 612 G.R.C. 

Passed to the Grand Lodge above 2011 


St. Catharines, Ontario Seymour Lodge No. 277 G.R.C 
Passed to the Grand Lodge above October 9, 2011 


Kitchener, Ontario Waterloo Lodge No.539 G.R.C 

Passed to the Grand Lodge above June 2, 2011 


ROBERT F. McLEOD ( 1071 ) 

Kirkland Lake, Ontario Nilestown Lodge No.345 G.R.C. 

Passed to the Grand Lodge above March 26, 2011 


Ajax, Ontario York Lodge No.156 G.R. C. 

Passed to the Grand Lodge above August 27, 2011 


Oakville, On Oakville Lodge No.400 G.R.C. 

Passed to the Grand Lodge above December 19, 2010 


Oakville, Ontario Claude M. Kent Lodge No.681 G.R.C. 

Passed to the Grand Lodge above May 2011 


Markham, Ontario Markham Union Lodge No.87 G.R.C. 

Passed to the Grand Lodge above December 11, 2011 


Lindsay, Ontario Faithful Brethren Lodge No.77 G.R.C. 
Passed to the Grand Lodge above December 30, 2011 


St. Catharines, Ontario Niagara Lodge No. 2 G.R.C. 
Passed to the Grand Lodge above June 8, 2011